Cops in schools: Will that be Newtown's legacy?
Putting police officers in schools means putting guns in schools, but guns held by authority figures we trust to handle them with care. That this was the top answer to Gallup's question was striking for several reasons: 1. It indicates that Americans generally view the problem as one of access to defenseless victims, not access to guns; 2. that Americans are willing to change the public school experience forever by making armed guards a permanent presence; and 3. that Americans are willing to spend the money that such a police presence would require.
We are not convinced that this is the best way to go. But providing some sort of armed protection at every public school - whether a security guard, a police officer or a trained administrator (having teachers armed in the classroom is too great an accident risk) is a response worth discussing.