THE N.R.A. blew it again under the tutelage of Wayne Lapierre, who offered a ridiculous proposal on Friday for a fortress America, the education edition.
Gov. Chris Christie walked away from this idea, because he’s not stupid and wants to protect everyone’s rights, including people who don’t want to be compelled into gun ownership. He also knows the N.R.A’s position, on which he chose not to comment on specifically, is loser in a presidential general election.
“Listen I don’t necessarily think having an armed guard outside every classroom is conducive to a positive learning environment,” the Republican governor said when asked at a press conference in Newark. “But let me just say in general I don’t think that the solution to safety in schools is putting [in] armed guard — because for it to be really effective in my view, from a law enforcement perspective, you’d have to have an armed guard outside every classroom.”
[...] “So, I don’t know the totality of the proposal, so I’m not commenting on the NRA proposal in particular because I don’t know it yet, but I am not someone who believes that having multiple armed guards in every school is something that will enhance the learning environment, and that’s our first responsibility inside of school, is the learning environment… You don’t want to make this an armed camp for kids. I don’t think that’s a positive example for children. We should be able to figure out some other ways to enhance safety it seems to me. I think that’s the easy way out.”