By Bryan Preston
The NRA came out with a proposal to post armed police officers at
schools to prevent or at least minimize the next school shooting. The
left promptly called the idea nuts.
Turns out, it wasn’t a new idea. President Bill Clinton proposed the same idea in April 2000. He implemented it, too, only to see Barack Obama cut the funding for it.
So, if you’re keeping score, the NRA agrees with a 12-year old Bill
Clinton position on school security. The left just called a former
Democrat president “crazy.”
Let’s get even more confusing. Clinton proposed more security for
schools in the wake of the 1999 Columbine shooting. It turns out that
Columbine High School did have an armed sheriff’s deputy on the scene
the day of its tragic shooting spree. That deputy exchanged fire with
one of the killers twice, drawing their attention away from killing
unarmed teenagers. The deputy and his backup also helped organize the
evacuation of students from the school. Though the deputy’s presence
obviously did not stop the attack from happening, it likely did save
Let’s pile on even more confusion. The NRA today proposed protecting
our children to a level similar to the way we protect our banks and many
public buildings: With armed security. As we’ve established, this idea
has been around for more than 12 years and was once proposed by a
Democratic president. Many on the anti-gun left responded to today’s
proposal not with a thoughtful rejoinder, but with calls to shoot Wayne LaPierre.
I’m not done yet. There is one more bit of confusing data to work
with. The Columbine shooting occurred on April 20, 1999. The Assault
Weapons Ban that the Democrats wish to revive in response to the Newtown
killings ran from 1993 to 2004.