SAN DIEGO – Days after the National Rifle Association said every school in the country should have armed guards, parents around the nation are speaking out.
“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. “I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”
This comes less than two weeks after 20-year-old Adam Lanza gun downed 20 kids and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Ryan Weir has a 7-year-old who attends Laura Rodriguez Elementary School in Logan Heights. She believes nothing short of an armed defender will stop a shooter.
“I agree with that,” Weir said. “It continues to happen over and over again. It was the colleges now it’s trickled down to the kids, the younger kids, it just has to stop.”
“Well they should have armed guards, but it shouldn’t be noticeable,” another parent Marcey Weir said.
San Diego Unified School District already has around 25 armed police officer at its local high schools and some of the middle schools. Executive Director Lisa Berlange with San Diego United Parents for Education told Fox 5 the biggest challenge about the NRA’s plan is funding.
“We don’t have the money to pay for a security guard at every school. Right now schools are trying to find money for staffing, for counselors, for nurses, for teachers and so there would have to be some reorganizing of the budget to make that happen,” Berlanga said.
The NRA said the guards don’t need to be cops, instead they can be trained volunteers.
Father of a 6-year-old, John Budding said it’s not a step he wants to take.
“I think it’s over doing it, I think there are too many guns out there as it is,” Budlong said.
He believes if someone really wants to act out, they”ll find a way.
“At Columbine there were two security guards with guns and they couldn’t stop the shooting,” Budlong said. “I think adding more just defeats the whole purpose of safety for our kids.”