San Antonians, local schools react to NRA statement

National Rifle Association calls for armed guards in every school

Author: Matt Rivers, Video Journalist, mrivers@ksat.com
Published On: Dec 21 2012 09:44:00 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 21 2012 10:34:26 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

The National Rifle Association spoke out for the first time since the deadly shootings in Newtown, Ct on Friday, calling for armed guards in every school in America.

"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said Wayne La Pierre, NRA President.

He said the NRA would fund a team of specialists to look into how to achieve that goal, saying our students deserve to be protected.

The move elicited strong support and vehement disagreement from both sides of the gun-control issue.

In San Antonio, however, the mood was decidedly in favor of the move.

"I see no problem with even teachers being armed," said Angela Porter.

"I would feel a little bit safer in school with more armed guards," said Tricia Nelson, a junior in high school.

The only disagreement came on the KSAT 12 Facebook page, with most writing the answer to the problem is not more guns.

Local school districts weighed in as well.

Judson ISD said while they have armed guards in all high schools and middle schools, none are permanently placed in elementary schools.

"We are reviewing our current policies, however," said Steve Linscomb, Judson ISD spokesman.

They do have frequent police patrols, however, as does Northside ISD.

NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said there are no plans to place permanent officers in elementary schools, simply because of the cost.

Gonzales said it would cost the district over $3.6 million per year, money the district does not have.

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