“Outrageous and unsettling” — that’s how Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described a school safety plan proposed by the National Rifle Association.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is calling for armed guards to be placed in every school in the United States.
He says that would have been the only way the shooter in Newtown, Connecticut, might have been stopped before he killed 20 children and six adults.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun,” said LaPierre. “As brave and heroic as those teachers were, and as prompt as the police were, they were unable to stop it.”
Some Democrats, like Congressman Mike Quigley, are calling for the ban of assault weapons such as the one’s used in the Newtown shooting.
On Friday, Quigley called called the NRA’s plan “a joke, thoughtless, meaningless, an affront, not just to the victims of Connecticut, but for every crisis we’ve faced.”
The NRA’s statement has led some to wonder where funds for the security would come from.
“Our high school is over 500,000 square feet. If I had unlimited resources, I’d love to have all sorts of security personnel across my building, but I don’t have unlimited resources,” said Tom Leonard, Barrington School District 220 Superintendent.
There is a mixed public reaction to the NRA’s proposal.
“I think it’s the only thing that would have stopped a killer but I don’t think we need to go that far, I think it’s still a one in a million shot,” said Tiny McLaughlin.
“I think it’s a bad idea, I want all guns gone period,” said Catherine Moss.