As for Israel, it is hardly misinformed to point out that they have used armed guards in schools to great effect for years. That is fact. These people are well trained for that task.
Let me preface by saying I'm not anti-gun. I don't own a gun but I have no problems with people having one for sports, hunting or to protect their home.
But the Israel thing I keep hearing....
What do you mean by great effect? I don't recall any rash of school shootings in Israel, let alone stories of armed guards stopping an attack. Israelis are also better trained with weapons because they're required by law to complete military service time. And their gun laws are more strict than the United States. Their gun culture is much, much different than the United States, and that's a country that's in a perpetual state of war. I think it's a poor example people keep throwing around.
Armed guards in every school in America is an unsettling proposition for me. Not to mention really expensive.
I think more than likely we just get idiots like the people in the TSA. Arming those people and then putting them around kids.....I dunno. Feels like that's asking for trouble. Not to mention its weird hearing conservatives asking for an expansion of government like that. I mean, that's a hell of a lot of security people to hire if its even only one guard per school in America.
We already saw an incident where the armed guard at a school in Michigan, put in place in response to the shooting in Newton, left his gun laying around in one of the school's bathrooms. Yikes. And this was a retired firearms instructor! If anybody, this is a guy youd think would be more responsible. More guns around kids doesn't seem like the answer to me.
I think some of Obama's points about gun control made sense. I think addressing the mental health issue is really important and I think every school and police department in the country should have an emergency plan in place to respond to an emergency if, god forbid, something like Sandy Hook ever happens again.
When it comes to the hardware....honestly I don't know enough about guns to even comment on it. I couldn't tell you the difference between a semi-auto or an assault rifle or whatever. My gun knowledge comes down to going to a few gun shops and a shooting range a few times and some target shooting in the woods in Pennsylvania when I was 15. Couldn't even tell you what kind of gun I used. I've managed to stay alive using my charm and good looks.