Georgia Schools Chief Backs NRA Proposal for Armed Officers at Schools

A spokesperson for John Barge likes the suggestion for schools.

The suggestion Friday (December 20) of having armed officers at schools as a deterrent to mass shootings found approval from Georgia School Superintendent John Barge.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Having a school resource officer would certainly be ideal,” Matt Cardoza, director of communications at the Georgia Department of Education, said Friday after a conversation with Barge. “It makes the school a safer place, but the state would have to pick up a significant part of that cost.

"Districts aren’t really in a position to pay for more than what they’re already struggling to pay for.”

Friday, a National Rifle Association executive called for Congress to foot the bill for armed guards at every school in the country.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

"We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless, and the monsters and the predators of the world know it, and exploit it."

According to the AJC, the cost for such security in Georgia would come to nearly $47 million per year, if the officers earned an average annual salary of $35,000. The state has 2,289 public schools in the 2011-2012 school year, according to a report from the Georgia Department of Education.

However, in Gwinnett, the school system already is struggling financially. Teachers are not getting scheduled pay raises in the current budget, and they are having to endure furlough days.

-- Do you agree with the NRA proposal for armed security in schools? Do you feel the Georgia Legislature should appropriate the funds for security? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Doug Heckman December 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Great answer - lets arm EVERYONE EVERYWHERE and we will all be safe. We will be compounding the problem. Hand-gun murders are as high in the US as the rest of the world combined. Why is that? (I know, not enough "good guys" with weapons........)
Ray December 25, 2012 at 09:20 PM
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a news conference in Washington, D.C. R-i-ght … unless the “good guy” is a horribly paid rent-a-cop … another stupid proposal embraced by a Georgia lawmaker. “I’m so surprised.” Maybe Wal-mart could sponsor school security from the money they make from gun sales and “accessories”… What is YOUR salary, Matt Cardoza? Give these teachers raises and stop acting like a backwards anachronism ...
Jimmy December 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
When people started using guns to rob banks, we put armed guards in the banks. When people started using guns to hijack airplanes, we put armed guards and metal detectors in airports. If you go to a ballgame at the Dome there are armed guards and you get wanded before you get to the door. Yet you send your defenseless kids to a school and somehow expect them to be safe because there is a sign in the parking lot that says "Gun Free Zone". Its unfortunate that it has come to this but we might as well start guarding the schools now, then after they are secure we can argue about what to do longer term societally. Otherwise some nut job will probably do it again.


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