Wayne LaPierre, the president of the NRA, proposed his solution to school violence. It's exactly what he proposed after the deadly attack at Virginia Tech. He wants armed police officers to protect the schools. He said it is the only solution that has been proven to work. I support his proposal but it hasn't been proven to work. In fact it has been proven that it doesn't always work.
There was an armed Sheriff’s Deputy, Neil Gardner, at Columbine. He spotted one of the shooters, Eric Harris, shooting at students in a parking lot at the school. Harris fired 10 rifle shots at Gardner, who returned four shots from his .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol, before the wacko disappeared back into the school. The armed deputy couldn't stop the attack. Eleven more students were killed after Deputy Gardner tried to stop it.
What Wayne LaPierre didn't address was reasonable gun control. He was right, the media doesn't understand guns. But he does and this was his chance to address gun control issues. LaPierre dropped the ball. Do an Internet search. You will find assault weapons (semi-automatic versions) for sale. You will find extended (high capacity) clips for sale. You can even buy .223 AP ammo (armor piercing). I've never seen deer wearing Kevlar vests. Who needs AP ammo? The only people wearing Kevlar are law enforcement personnel. So the armor piercing rounds are for cop killers. Can't we at least restrict AP ammo and high capacity clips since they are irrelevant ot hunting?
I agree with LaPierre that a .223 isn't the "most powerful" weapon. But it was used in the massacre. It was used by the DC snipers. A .223 Bushmaster (M-4 carbine) isn't a "weapon of mass destruction" as some in the media call it. But the military version of this weapon is being used by military and law enforcement agencies in 60 countries. We used them in Iraq and still use them in Afghanistan. Sensible gun control laws may help keep these weapons out of the hands of lunatics.
Wayne LaPierre also blamed video games and violent movies for the attack. But these movies and games are popular all over the world. Japanese gamers haven't attacked schools. No children have been killed by a madman throwing "Saw" DVDs at them. Psychos can easily obtain weapons here. Lunatics in other countries have a much harder time obtaining guns.