Posted at: 12/21/2012 8:49 PM
By: John Doetkott
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- In the week since the mass school shooting in Connecticut many people have offered their ideas on how to prevent another such tragedy.
But on Friday the group many had been waiting for made their announcement. After offering only a simple condolence and even taking down their Facebook page for a while, this morning the National Rifle Association finally made their position crystal clear.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
It's that reasoning that led NRA officials to recommend putting armed guards in every school in the country.
They argue that if we're comfortable putting armed security personnel in banks and other institutions, why not schools?
But even some gun rights advocates say that's not the right solution, and would only create more potential targets.
“That's the first person that they'd look for, is somebody like an armed guard,” said gun enthusiast Gene Westphal.
Still, Westphal and others say the idea should be taken further, arguing the need to arm principals and teachers. But most educators disagree.
“I can tell you right now not every principal is prepared to be able to carry a handgun," said Jim Wagner, principal of Albert Lea High School.
Others say more weapons, regardless of who's holding them, is not the right approach.
“Educators believe the solution to gun violence in schools cannot be to put more guns in schools," said Tom Dooher, president of Education Minnesota, the state’s largest teacher's union.
They say the more practical solution is to limit access to school buildings and increase other measures aimed at protecting students.
“The biggest thing we need to do is look at our security and how legit is the security," Wagner said.
But no matter what happens as a result of these discussions, everyone seems to agree on one thing.
“It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever,” Wagner said. “We need to look at what's best for our kids and what's going to work."