Home » Opinion » Editorials
Cops in schools: Will that be Newtown's legacy?
Of all the post-Newtown, Conn., news developments last week, one that stood out to us was a Gallup poll released on Wednesday. It asked Americans to rate how effective various options would be at reducing mass shootings in schools. The top three answers were, in this order: More police officers at schools, more spending on mental-health screening and treatment, and reducing depictions of violence in the media. Fourth was banning "assault weapons."
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.
READER COMMENTS: 4
- More than 1,800 people attend calling hours for Marine - 5
- Greenfield family receives body of Garabrant, veterans offer tribute to Marine killed in Afghanistan - 3
- Fallen Marine to return to NH on Saturday; calling hours, service set for next week in Peterborough - 0
- Monadnock area family of killed Marine travels to Delaware for arrival of body - 0
- ISIS' victories may win it recruits from rival Syrian rebel groups - 0
- Bomb kills NH Marine - 2
- NH Marine killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan - 7
- General: Iraq asks U.S. for air support to stop rebels - 0
- U.S. cuts embassy staff in Baghdad as insurgents approach Iraqi capital - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Sox Beat: Red Sox makeover underway - 0
- Tom Herzig's Trackside: MacDonald has NHMS track experience - 0
- Drew Cline: Scott Brown plans to win over NH one handshake at a time - 0
- Anthony M. Kay - 0
- Walsh paces Sweeney Post past Laconia - 0
- Late rally lifts Red Sox past White Sox - 0
- On Baseball: Matinee win keeps Fisher Cats on a roll - 0
- Argentina tops Netherlands in shootout to reach final - 0
- Uehara named to AL all-star team - 0
Police say Manchester woman arrested for punching ex-boyfriend during custody exchange in Walmart parking lot
Bikers say under-30 generation isn't interested, and can't afford many of the top motorcycles
Anthony M. Kay
Ban fireworks? Get serious
GOP criticizes Shaheen over gas tax