Target: National Rifle Association Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre
Goal: To reject the NRA’s proposal to place armed guards in all schools.
In the aftermath of the Newtown school shootings, the National Rifle Association was wise to keep quiet for close to a week. Considering all of the controversy surrounding gun control and issues raised in the wake of this tragedy, there has been a lot of anger directed towards the lack of gun control policies in the US. The NRA, however, broke its silence the other day with the notion that it would be a good idea to protect against guns by using more guns, placing armed guards in every school for protective purposes. In effect, this would negate any attempts to regulate gun control, and increase the access people would have to assault weapons.
Having armed guards in schools would create anxiety in schools, for children should be able to expect a degree of safety without needing guards to protect them. If our country passed more regulatory gun control legislation, schools would be safer without the need to “fight fire with fire.” Many government and educational leaders have been speaking out against the NRA’s proposed plan saying that armed guards will “create battlegrounds in our school hallways” (Spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association, Steve Wollmer) and that “you don’t want to make this an armed camp for kids” (New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie).
The plan to place armed guards in every school would also create financial issues. The government would need to fund equipment costs as well as the armed guards’ salaries and benefits for posts at every single public school in the nation. Instead of paying guards to sit around at a school all day, when so much taxpayer money already goes towards police enforcement, we should consider the other issues: removing access to assault weapons, limiting magazine capacity, providing help to the mentally ill requiring a more extensive background check therefore making gun ownership more difficult, and requiring that those with guns take courses to ensure proper usage and education.
In addition, think of the example that would be set for children to see armed guards every single day as a role model for protection. They would come to assume the only way to stay safe is through arming oneself, which promotes a culture of gun violence. As long as gun control laws remain as they are, the NRA is right that our schools are not safe, which is exactly why instead of fighting fire with fire we need to regulate gun control through strict legislation and stronger restrictive policies.
By signing this petition you are rejecting the NRA’s proposal, and showing your support for keeping armed guards out of our schools and weapons out of the hands of the masses.
Dear Mr. LaPierre,
In the wake of such a recent tragedy, I am outraged to hear of your suggestion to increase the presence of guns in our schools and communities. Instead of increasing gun control regulations, you propose a course that would not only cost our government billions of dollars, but would be increasing our gun violence culture by promoting the idea of fighting fire with fire. You claim that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” but these bad guys would not even have guns in the first place if we had stronger gun control legislation. There have been too many tragedies in this country to ignore the fact that gun violence is a real problem, and it cannot be solved by adding more guns to the equation.
Although I know as a leading member of the NRA, you will not be easily convinced towards a course of gun regulation, I urge you to consider the mass shootings that have taken place in our country: Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown….the list goes on. When will this end, and do you really believe armed guards in schools will truly change anything? We still have move theatres and grocery stores and parks and other locations that cannot be guarded at every moment of every day. Perhaps instead of trying to stop gun usage with more gun usage, we can work together to find a better way to regulate guns in this country without fully eliminating the second amendment.
[Your Name Here]
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