Cops in Schools: Dems were for it before they were against it.
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Dec 31, 2012
By Eliana Johnson
The NRAs executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, has been the subject of Beltway ire for his proposal to put police officers in schools across the country; the White House, lawmakers, and political analysts on both sides of the aisle have summarily denounced him. Rewind just 13 years, though, and many of these lawmakers were cheering a proposal that bears a remarkable resemblance to the one set forth by the NRA: President Clintons COPS in Schools program.
In October 1998, Clinton announced the $60 million grant program, which was housed in the Department of Justices Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).This initiative provides communities with a new tool to tackle crime and violence in our schools, he said. According to the Justice Department, the program was intended to help police officers engage in community policing in and around primary and secondary schools, and the government spent over $753 million to hire more than 6,500 school police officers before the COPS in Schools program was cut in 2005.
In the wake of the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, Clinton intensified his efforts in behalf of the program and used the first anniversary of the Columbine shooting to announce additional funding. In his weekly radio address on April 16, 2000, Clinton said,In our national struggle against youth violence, we must not fail our children. He continued,Already,[COPS in Schools] has placed 2,200 officers in more than 1,000 communities across our nation, where they are heightening school safety as well as coaching sports and acting as mentors and mediators for kids in need.
Several of those who are now critical of the NRAs plan expressed their support for Clintons program and benefited from it. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosis San Francisco district was one of the first to receive funding through the program:$3.25 million for 26 new police officers, to be exact. As a whole, California, also home of Dianne Feinstein, received $5.6 million in grants from the COPS in Schools program in 1999 alone.
Touting the grants set to be distributed to several New York state school districts in 2004, Senator Chuck Schumer acknowledged that we live in a different world now than we did 20, 30, or even three years ago and said that the new realities are forcing parents to think constantly about the safety of their children.Getting more police officers on school grounds will go a long way toward making sure our kids stay out of harms way, he said. Schumer assailed the Bush administrations 2005 budget for doing away with the COPS in Schools program and, in doing so, attested to its efficacy.Thanks to COPS, people feel safer with their children on the streets today, he said in a press release in May 2004.But now the Administration has proposed ending the program and taking away funding to hire thousands of police officers just when they are needed most. Why the Administration would want to rip a hole in that sense of security by slashing COPS funding is beyond me.
Even one of the leading gun-control advocates in Congress, New York congresswoman and anti-gun activist Carolyn McCarthy, had kind words for the COPS in Schools program. McCarthys husband was murdered and her son severely injured in a mass shooting.Our school safety officers that go in, that is probably one of the best programs I have seen in my underserved schools, she told the House Committee on Homeland Security in 2007.Relationships are made. The kids feel safer with them around, and we need to do a better job on that, too.
... http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/336637... #
#2 Dec 31, 2012
The folks who want less taxes, now want to pretend we can afford armed cops in every school, so YOU can continue to caress your "fake genitalia" ???
Fine, pay for it WITH A GUN TAX ~!
#3 Dec 31, 2012
The nice thing about a New Year is that Society's Sociopaths do not change.
Damn your Baby Daddy!, your Mothers Brother.
I wonder if the Stray Dog knew it was his Sister when he was scouring the Hood' for willing Ho', and if he knew what a despicable defective his Unholy Alliance with his Sister would create whether he woulda not screwed his Sister.
Tell us Sociopath, what is the Family Lore they told the Asylum when they dropped you off?
#4 Dec 31, 2012
Obama cut $800,000,000 of school security funding in 2010.
ObamaPhones cost $4,000,000,000.
Sooo for 1/4 the cost of ObamaPhones schools could have improved security.
P.S. school security don't get votes like ObamaPhones do.
#5 Dec 31, 2012
Where are all the Democrats crying that "It's for the chiiiiiiiiildren." ?
Since: Oct 08
#6 Dec 31, 2012
So like the new Secretary of State designate, Traitor John Kerry, the dems are suddenly doing a flip/flop. They supported the COPS program because slick Willie wanted it and Bush didn't. Now they are against it because the NRA supports it. You have to like Schummer and company, never ceased to find out which way the wind is blowing!!
#7 Jan 1, 2013
Since your phones are made up, you post is moronic....
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