Yesterday, "Ricochet" Wayne LaPierre of the NRA advocated placing a "policeman" in every school in America. Since there are about 135,000 schools this would be a wonderful jobs program and drastically reduce unemployment.
Screw fixing our roads, bridges and other crumbling infrastructure with a "public works" program. Hell no. We want safety !!!! Our children come first !!! - - Er ....... except for healthcare or nutrition, then you are on your own.
Great idea Wayne. How we gonna pay for it ???????
Here again the math is the real killer.
Figure 135K schools @ one armed cop per school X a reasonable salary (say $30K per year) and you come up with a figure just over $4 BILLION. Now, figure in reasonable benefits (health, modest pension or 401k match) and mandatory requirements (proficiency training - to include ammunition and range time, psychological screening and liability insurance) and we're probably talking something closer to $6 Billion. And remember, this is every year.
Jesus H. Christ with a grenade launcher Wayne. We're arguing about budget cuts and effing asusterity in order to preserve tax cuts for the richest among us and the corporations that fund our Congress.
Last week, Melissa Henneberger of the Washington Post asked: "If guns alone — or even guns plus lousy treatment options — were the entire problem, why were no little red schoolhouses fired on in the Wild West, where everyone was armed and mental illness completely untreated?"
Gosh, Golly Wayne: don't you think there are a few places that maybe $6 Billion bucks could be better put to use ???