NRA head Wayne LaPierre's suggestion
that cops be placed throughout America's K-12 school system has an obvious appeal to it on security grounds. But will it work?
The collective verdict is coming in from media mavens across the webosphere, and the answer appears to be "no." One reason being cost: Matt Yglesias at Slate reckons
an annual price tag of at least $5.4 billion to carry out the plan, this while spending cuts
are being hotly debated on Capitol Hill. Another reason is the fact that we've already deployed the cop-on-campus strategy, and it failed
to prevent both 1999's Columbine attacks and 2007's Virginia Tech massacre.
But that's not all. The unlikely realization of LaPierre's plan stems from its lack of fit with any mainstream political coalitions. Business Insider
's Brett LoGiurato passes along
a Venn diagram (recreated above with more clarity) by economist Justin Wolfers showing the idea's placement on the edge of realistic policy proposals. At least in the current scheme of things.
"Liberals want more gun control," states LoGiurato, "and fiscal conservatives won't like the idea of spending billions of dollars on armed security guards at every school."
Via Business Insider and Slate