While the debate rages, many schools have become war zones, and all school zones are vulnerable. That is why the National Rifle Association's recommendations are not so primitive as they have been depicted. In fact, the NRA's recommendations are forward-looking and their opponents' recommendations are timid and futile. One cannot eliminate guns from American society. Anyone who says he can is not serious.
If we want to get serious about gun violence, we should take the NRA's National School Shield program -- announced Tuesday -- to heart. Train and enable school personnel to carry firearms. In high risk schools station police. The NRA's 225-page report contains dozens of recommendations to improve safety in our schools. Teachers and school administrators have charge of the nation's students by day. They ought to have the tools to protect them. There is no reason why teachers and administrators cannot responsibly carry guns. Those who do not want to carry guns do not have to be armed, but just a few trained people in a school will act as a deterrent to violence. The evidence of recent years is that schools are the target of violence. They need to be defended.
The sooner we adopt the NRA's program, the sooner gun violence will end in the nation's schools. President Barack Obama, Mayor Bloomberg and the rest of the pro-gun-control advocates claim action is exigent. I agree with them, but time-consuming wrangling is of no help. Action that is futile in getting guns out of the hands of violent assailants is no help to those who want an end to the killing of innocents. If the time to act is now -- as I think all sane people can agree -- the NRA's program offers hope. How about giving it a try?