Rep. Ron Paul doesn't agree with the National Rifle Association's call to put armed guards in every school. The Texas Republican, who retires after next week, says in a statement on his congressional website that "government security is just another kind of violence."
"Do we really want to live in a world of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras, metal detectors, X-ray scanners, and warrantless physical searches?" Paul wrote.
"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. School shootings, no matter how horrific, do not justify creating an Orwellian surveillance state in America."
And officials in a country invoked by NRA leaders in the armed guards-in-schools debate are taking issue with the plan.
Appearing on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, NRA honcho LaPierre said: "Israel had a whole lot of school shootings, until they did one thing. They said we're going to stop it and they put armed security in every school and they have not had a problem since then."
But Yigal Palmor, spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said the situation in Israel was "fundamentally different" from that in the United States, reports the New York Daily News.
"We didn't have a series of school shootings, and they had nothing to do with the issue at hand in the United States. We had to deal with terrorism," said Palmor.
Via paul.house.gov and the New York Daily News.