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Ron Paul Correctly Rebuts LaPierre’s Call For Fed to Fund Armed School Guards

By Javier Manjarres

paulWith just days remaining in his final term in Congress, veteran congressman Ron Paul has come out strongly against NRA President Wayne LaPierre’s recommendation that armed officers should be stationed in schools nationwide.

Paul has consistently called attention to the growing technological apparatus of the police state- surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners and other intrusive devices aimed at keeping tabs on criminals and ordinary citizens- some of which are necessary, other parts of which are questionable and objectionable.

While there is a role for some of these safeguards and preventive measures in certain instances, Congressman Paul makes a completely valid point- it does not fall within the proper purview of the federal government to pass legislation that requires public schools to have armed officers.  It’s the responsibility of state and local governments to pass these measures should they see fit.

So while we applaud LaPierre’s passion and effort on this issue, we have to disagree with his premise that the Congress needs to appropriate taxpayer dollars to such a program.

 “School shootings, no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance state in America,” Paul said in a written statement. 

 The congressman, among the most libertarian-leaning on the Hill, is the first Republican in Congress to forcefully oppose the NRA’s proposal. NRA head Wayne LaPierre on Friday urged federal funding to overhaul America’s school security, a plan that would include posting a guard in every school. 

 LaPierre argued that, in the wake of the Connecticut mass murders, it only makes sense to protect students the same way the country protects banks and elected leaders — with armed security. 

 “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said. 

But Paul — who said he agrees that “more guns equals less crime” and “private gun ownership prevents many shootings” — nevertheless chided the NRA for its plan, describing it as a government solution that could infringe on liberty. 

 “Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners and warrantless physical searches? We see this culture in our airports: witness the shabby spectacle of once proud, happy Americans shuffling through long lines while uniformed TSA agents bark orders. This is the world of government provided ‘security,’ a world far too many Americans now seem to accept or even endorse,” Paul said. –Fox News

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • SSMcDonald

    Isn’t Javier Manjarres the guy that unceasingly lambasted Ron Paul during the presidential campaign? Hypocrite!

  • James C. Ferris

    It is better to arm the teachers it worked in Israel and the teachers are also at risk. It is stupid to not allow guns in the schools because that is the reason the shooters go to the schools, because they are COWARDS and know that no one will shoot back. If i had children of school age I would not let them attend a school where guns were not allowed.

  • vailjack

    Did La Pierre really say that?

    He isn’t a legislator so why would he?

    What I heard was his offering a possibility.

  • CalFl

    Javier – I was pleasantly surprised to find you in agreement with Ron Paul on this issue. I have been mostly conditioned to expect subtle and not so subtle attacks on Congressman Paul’s positions from The Shark Tank. It’s refreshing to see the “conservative (Republican) media” take a big picture view of Congressman Paul’s rationale on issues such as this and side with him on occasion. Be careful, you might turn into a Paulite before you know it! Again, thanks for the wider view!

    • Javier Manjarres

      I have always supported and agreed with Ron Paul,except on foreign policy

  • Whats_Up

    What in the heck is wrong with LaPierre and the NRA? Good grief. Any and everything the Fed Gov’t touches turns into a bigger problem. Show me a gov’t program that actually works and is solvent – there are NONE!

    DO what is RIGHT – instruct and arm the teachers.
    This is what Israel does and they are a “Success Story”.
    Criminals & Crazies don’t go to places where the peeps are armed!

  • GenEarly

    Ron Paul is exactly right! No More Feds in local affairs! Schools should ditch the Feds and their Bribe Money as well as the Socialist Teacher Unions. Fat Chance! Especially in a state like Florida run by Squishy Repubs.

  • Jacqueline

    As a Mother and Grandmother, As a former teacher and a retired Security Supervisor I have points of agreement with both sides expressed here.
    The Federal government should NOT be involved in our schools even to the point they now are. America’s position in the worlds education listings have fallen sharply with the Governments interventions. They are emasculting our military, why should we expect them to protect our schools.
    However, I do believe volunteers in the schools willing to be trained and armed (as in Israel) are a good idea! Just as volunteers from the ranks of law enforcement and our military should be encouraged to be sworn is as special deputies for school patrols.
    Our world grows ever more threatening and our greatest natural resource (our children) must be protected while be taught basics and true patriotism!