The National Rifle Association recently ran an ad calling President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for having armed protection for his children at school. BuzzFeed and some other outlets reported the NRA meant Secret Service, but an extended version of the ad made clear that the NRA was talking about the school’s staff security team.
“[The] school Obama’s daughters attend has 11 armed guards,” the longer ad’s narrator says, citing an article from Breitbart.com.
But a fact-check by the Washington Post found that not to be the case. The Post called the school, Sidwell Friends, where Obama’s daughters attend and asked if the school had armed guards. The school responded that none of their 11 security members carry any firearms.
But where did the myth of armed guards at Obama’s school come from?
A quick search found that the first post about it came from the Weekly Standard’s blog. A post by Daniel Halper said that the school — attended by both Obama’s and David Gregory’s children — had 11 armed guards on staff, citing the 11 members of the security team. The error by the site presuming the security at the Quaker school was armed led to the NRA’s two incorrect ads.
“But when it comes to Gregory’s own kids, however, they are secured every school day by armed guards.
The Gregory children go to school with the children of President Barack Obama, according to the Washington Post. That school is the co-ed Quaker school Sidwell Friends.
According to a scan of the school’s online faculty-staff directory, Sidwell has a security department made up of at least 11 people. Many of those are police officers, who are presumably armed.
The NRA cites a Breitbart article from the same day which aggregated the Weekly Standard’s post.
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Never underestimate the stupidity of the American public. Gun control legislation does not deter the criminal from finding a gun, it only keeps them from law abiding citizens. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting or target shooting. It is to preserve our freedom from without and within. We as citizens should be allowed to defend ourselves to the same extent that local law enforcement is equipped to defend and protect us.
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yeah that’s exactly what every school needs. Not books, education games and computers, sports, clubs, healthy lunches, more properly paid teachers educating in a safe space, support and respect for all children who may be bullied and the ability to deal with the bullies properly. No we need armed guards. genius. maybe take a look at how much gun violence and shootings happens in other countries with gun control. that’s like arming your house with flame throwers in case it catches on fire.
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Does nobody realize that Sidwell Friends is a Quaker school, and that the Quakers are just a front for the latest militia movement? THey are secretly rounding up all the weapons they can, hiding them in the basements of schools and waiting for the time when everyone is lulled into thinking the guns are gone - then they pounce! A one-day coup, and the US becomes the “North American Society of Friends”. Then we will no longer be allowed even to disagree with one another, because it’s against the new religion.
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Knee jerk response. Inner city schools tend to have peace officers because of the gangs and prevalent violence, though their utility is subject to debate. Having armed police come in because of a rash of threats, or some known hazard is reasonable…like the loose gunman in Blacksburg and all the schools in lock down, while picking up your kids with officers in the parking lot with BIG guns was a little scary. As a daily thing? A 50% chance at most of being in position to actually prevent a shooting without being one of the first victims in my opinion. Considering that while Sandy Hook is shocking and sobering, in a risk analysis, the numbers of kids who were not in a school where a shooting occurred is far higher.
Train all school employees in how to aim and fire a chemical extinguisher. If a gunman gets loose and is entering classrooms, a well aimed shot to the head is going to incapacitate him. A near miss is going to probably leave him coughing too hard to shoot straight. Then hit him over the head with the canister and take his gun. More guns in schools won’t appreciably stop school shootings. Most of them are pissed off students, it has little to do with it being a “gun free zone”. But accidents (like leaving your gun in a rest room) happen to the best of us, especially over time when the edge of danger is gone, and every weapon is a chance for a deadly accident.
If you are getting credible death threats daily, or if there could be political points to be gained by your kids being a hostage, then yes, your kids’ school should have really good security. Most schools don’t need it. The sole reason I’m willing to see it happen is it will stimulate the economy assuming these are paid positions, and pacify the fearful. I’d rather not see the schools look like a police state. Police because of a bomb threat, or rumors some gang is planning to revenge themselves on a teacher who flunked some kid? Yes, by all means. Daily for a “what if”? Not worth the risk of the guard going nuts for some reason. I have the same attitude toward folks who feel the need for CC or openly packing a pistol wherever they go when they are not going to a high risk area or carrying a lot of cash. I don’t think you can be free if you live in fear.
Like letting the TSA happen because of 9/11…. I recall dozens of hippie hijackers in the 60s/70s wanting planes to go to Cuba…. tightened up security to screen out guns on flights, but not much else. When did Americans decide they would rather be inconvenienced and harassed than take a little risk? Somewhere our collective courage got subsumed to a desire to be kept safe, whether by packing heat yourself or submitting to humiliation in order to travel.
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Even if this had been true, surely there’s a case for arguing that being kids to the POTUS makes you rather more of a target for dangerous people than the guy on the street? I’m not saying that means it’s a good reason for armed guards at a school, but as a comparison it doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny.
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