The NRA Calls For Government Intervention To Fix A School Security Problem Caused By Government Intervention


Just before the holiday, outgoing-Rep. Ron Paul denounced the NRA’s call for armed security guards in America’s schools:

“This is the world of government provided ‘security,’ a world far too many Americans now seem to accept or even endorse,” Paul said in a statement on his website. “School shootings, no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance state in America.”

He continued: “Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. We shouldn’t settle for substituting one type of violence for another.”

Paul’s got the right of this. The reaction from the pro-gun control types, and our biased anti-gun media, has been to castigate the NRA for wanting guns in schools, even in the hands of trained security officials. But that’s not the issue. I do believe that allowing guns in schools is a proper response to school shootings. Nearly every mass shooting of the last several decades has targeted a “guns free zone,” no doubt because shooters hoping to rack up a big body count are targeting the places where they know they can shoot the longest without getting return fire.

Making a school or a campus or any other public area a “gun free zone” is about as useful as painting a bulls eye on these areas for would-be murderers. Let’s stop the charade.

But what the NRA called for isn’t more gun freedom, to enable Americans to defend themselves, but rather government intervention to put armed guards in our schools. Paul was right to call that a step toward “creating an Orwellian surveillance state.” The potential for abuse of that power, and mission creep into areas beyond mere school security, is enormous.

As is usually the case, we have a problem created by government intervention that some want to solve with more government intervention. These “gun free zones” that restrict our ability to defend ourselves have made the zones themselves targets for murderers looking for vulnerable prey. The obvious answer is to end the intervention, in this case the restrictive gun policy, that has created the problem.

But instead the NRA, no doubt well-meaning but seriously misguided, is calling for more government intervention. Americans should say “no thanks.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • mikemc1970

    Government solutions to the progressive cultural problems that plague US as a nation are always going to be a placebo. Anyone of any measurable intelligence knows there are no easy solutions to these problems. Most come down to morality or personal responsibility, the very things that liberals are looking to destroy in our culture.

  • cylde

    The NRA did not advocate a federal presence or funding, this can be and is a local school board responsibility, if the community thinks putting up a sign declaring the schools are gun free zones will protect their children, well they are their children. Ignore experience and put your faith in liberal dogma.

  • Wayne

    Sometimes the NRA is it’s own worse enemy. They can be pretty short sighted. Endorsing Harry Reid is a good example.

  • SusanBeehler

    So Rob, you want armed “volunteer” guards in school? Just wondering how many of the bloggers and you volunteer at your local school, NOW?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Why limit to just us willing to go to schools and provide security?

      You could always volunteer too… or, refusing to actively defend your neighbors’ children you could interpose yourself between would-be attackers and said children. The ultimate in anti-gun martyrdom… you can be a human shield!

      See? Even Ms. SuzyB can get some skin in the game!

      • SusanBeehler

        Sounds exciting, thanks two_amber_lamps, I never thought of that!

    • mickey_moussaoui

      The school that Obama’s kids go to has ten armed guards on duty

    • Dan

      I do

      • SusanBeehler

        with your gun?

  • borborygmi

    Rob isn’t concerned so much about having armed guards he just doesn’t want to pay for them. Let the state or local offices pay for the guards.

    • kevindf

      Where do you think they get the money?

      • borborygmi

        State and local populace. I figure your state tax burden isn’t high enough yet.. Personally a sales tax on anyone buying guns or ammo would be okay with me.

        • kevindf

          How much of it are you hoping will flow into your pockets?

        • 308T

          Shooters & hunters are already hit with an 11% sales tax because of the Pittman/Robertson act. Get the money by cutting funding to illegal aliens & countries that give us the finger while we give them millions.

          • SusanBeehler

            I think guns need a 100% sales tax and the price fixed by the amount of bullets they can shoot in one minute to cover a victims fund, since you can’t sue gun manufacturers we need someone to help pay for the losses.

          • yy4u2

            Rest assured that any and all of your posts on gun issues are utter failures, and you remove all doubt when you start them with “I think…” that you are a fascist.

            I’m guessing you didn’t read this one:

          • SusanBeehler

            All of my posts just proves if you truly want to protect your freedom of our guns, the posters in these blogs, have better start coming up with better ideas or some of the ideas I posted may become part of the reality. Playing defense when offense is needed was my POINT. Gotcha! Yes, US conservatives, I am not a LIBERAL, better smarten up or the freedoms we love could be lost because we are too busy throwing mud when we need to truly be part of a solution. This concludes my testing.

          • Bat One

            Leaving aside sheer stupidity of your threats and the utter vacuousness of your suggested solutions, have you given any thought to a remedial English class? ESL, perhaps? I know this is only a blog, but still, if you want people to bother reading what you’ve written you ought to try and make what you write at least marginally more readable and way, way less convoluted.

          • SusanBeehler

            Maybe this easier for you to understand, the ideas flowing through, this blog, are just that “ideas”. I was hoping there could be REAL discussion about a problem we have in the US with gun violence, but it appears more of those on this blog are more into protecting their myth of “government tyranny” than coming up with solutions to help stymie the problem with gun violence we have in our society. Those on this blog appear to be more willing to call someone names than to actual THINK of what we can do and still preserve our freedom. Is this more clear for you to get my postings. I was trying to breakthrough the
            “conservative” denial which is preventing action and problem solving. I hope some will start thinking not just reacting to words on a page.

          • HG

            I’m game.
            Since gun restrictions or outright gun bans don’t prevent criminals from acquiring and using illegal guns against innocent people, what “ideas” do you have that would result in actually solving the problem?

          • SusanBeehler

            What would you propose?

          • Wayne

            She(?) doesn’t have any.

          • Rob

            I think we have plenty of good discussion on this blog about these issues.

            You express your ideas, and others agree or disagree. This is what an open forum looks like, warts and all.

          • SusanBeehler

            I would say most of this blog is spent on name calling, not my idea of good discussion.

          • Wayne

            You haven’t been ‘discussing’ anything. You’ve been preaching nonsense.

          • Rob

            You’re a conservative now?

            That’s hard to imagine given your support for Heidi Heitkamp and bigger government in general.

            Of course, I don’t expect anyone to be an ideologue, but it’s hard to respect the opinions of someone who clearly has no guiding philosophy when approaching these issues.

          • SusanBeehler

            And how was Rick Berg for less big government when he has been part of the big government growth in our state? with only a couple to choose from I choose the one who is open to communication.
            Maybe your definition of “big” is different than mine. One who continually increases spending and is the largest employer in many of our cities I define as government which has grown too big.

          • Wayne

            Hate to ruin your day but you are a liberal. Boy you really don’t know anything. You don’t even know what a liberal is.

          • 308T

            Well it’s a good thing communist thinking people like you aren’t in control of America.

  • borborygmi

    IF there were private armed guards where would anyones liberty be stymied. Even if public guards how would this interfere with your liberty Rob? By extension is any armed guard a threat to your liberty?

    • SusanBeehler

      and who would have time to work? they could just get food stamps or something.

  • C. Y.

    All that is needed is to allow CCW within the schools by employees and others.
    Let the bad guy try to figure who is or who isn’t.

    • Bat One

      What you suggest is far too sensible for liberals, whose only vision of a solution to any problem is yet another bureaucracy… unionized, of course.

      • SusanBeehler

        Yeah and someone with an online newspaper or blog will publish who has a permit, than the secret will be out and they could just go to the classrooms of those who do not have a CCW permit, because those shooters have been proven to not randomly shoot people, each person was chosen to die? Those mass murders are such good researchers and they are not lazy, NOT!

  • The Whistler

    In Israel they have retired people, grandmothers and grandfathers volunteering to be armed guards in the schools. Even with all of the problems in that part of the world these volunteers are keeping the kids safe.

    I’d be happy to have someone’s grandmother who learned of the holocaust from their parents watching out for my kids. You know nobody’s getting past her. In many cases this could be better than a paid security guard.

    Leave it up to the local school districts and the right way will come out.