My post a couple of days ago dishing the call to arm teachers in American schools produced the rather predictable response from the rabid Right.
Now I see that the National Rifle Association have suggested the way to go is to station an armed policeman in every school.
Interesting proposition. The latest statistics that I have been able to access have it that in 2008 there were 111,486 schools in the United States both public and private. That's an additional 111,486 police officers which, calculated at the average wage for a police officer at $40,000, would cost $4.459 billion per annum.
But you can't stop there. Yesterday two fireman were ambushed and killed by a gun crazy ex con. To follow the NRA proposal through to its logical conclusion would require and additional 64,000 policeman to provide 24 hour coverage to the 32,000 fire departments across the nation.
But hold on ... what about the gunman who went on a killing rampage in a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, five months ago. Can't leave places of worship undefended can we. There are an estimated 350,000 of them = another 350,000 police officers.
So, it appears the NRA are advocating employing an additional 454,000 police officers at an annual cost of $21.019 billion and that excludes both start-up and overhead costs.
All this against an American budget out of control.
I am comforted however that Representative Ron Paul, Americas leading voice for limited, constitutional government, low taxes, and honest money, slammed the proposal stating "School shootings, no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance state in America” and “Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners, and warrantless physical searches?” ......
Sanity from the Libertarian Right.