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Seaford Superintendent Responds to NRA Statement

National Rifle Association breaks weeklong silence on Newtown school shootings.

Seaford Schools Superintendent Brian Conboy responded to comments from the National Rifle Association Friday that armed guards should be present at every school in America in the wake of the Newton school shootings.

"It is a sad era in American history if this is what it will take to keep innocent children safe while at school," said Conboy. "Even a proposal as drastic as this one is not infallible and would not be guaranteed to prevent the horrible violence we saw in Newtown, Conn. More control over the distribution and possession of weapons coupled with better identification and care for the mentally ill will have a positive and longer lasting impact in my view."

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The NRA, the nation's largest pro-gun lobbying group said they were prepared to offer "meaningful contributions" to help ensure an incident like the mass killings never occur again.

"I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January," Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierrea said Friday, breaking a weeklong silence by the gun organization.

Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, disagreed with the NRA's position.

"Except in extremely rare cases, armed police are not the answer to school violence," he said. "What we must have are common sense guns laws such as banning assault weapons and ending the gun show loophole."

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This story was updated at 3:54 p.m. on Dec. 21.

Lorraine DeVita December 28, 2012 at 01:22 AM
The deceased mother was a gun loving law abiding, registered, legally issued owner of the guns which were used to shoot/kill her, and 26 other victims. So how do you propose we keep guns out of the hands of mentaly ill people who LIVE with the law abiding citizens who like in this case allowed access and promoted use of HER guns by her mentaly ill son. Was she whacked out too? While the buyer of the gun may be metaly fit the OTHER people, family friends etc who have access may not be. How do you propose to regulate & control that? also how do you know the people who buy the guns legally are mentaly stable? There is to my knowledge no national registration or data base of firearms, no tests to insure the person is mentally sound,no restrictions as to the purpose of use, no registration or limit on ammo or clips , no limit on amount of gun owned. So basically if some metaly off the charts walks in fills out the appropriate paperwork &registers their gun legally you think its ok to let them have a gun? & just where did all the illegal guns come from? Are they stolen from the manufacturer, shipped in from overseas? stolen out of homes, out of Police property, WHO is selling these illegal guns & WHERE are they getting them from? there are TOO many loop holes & NOT enough fail safes to allow any tom dick and harry to own a gun just becaseu they have a license. And if i am not mistaken in some states you do NOT need a lic. nor need to register a rifle or shotgun.
Joe concerned citizen...not the plumber December 28, 2012 at 01:49 AM
If what they say is true, the mom was not a responsible gun owner at all. The guns should have been in a gun safe that the mentally ill son should have had NO access to, I know when I get home from work before i say hello to my family my gun gets locked away. Also how about the agencies that issue permits also do spot check to make sure you safe keep your guns, how about mandatory gun safety classes for all gun owners, how about qualifying course as I do every year to carry for my job...these are just a few ideas, not to mention a physcological test...all ideas. Felons and the mentally ill should not have guns. Perps steel guns, perps get straw buyers to buy them legally for them, perps rob house and take the guns,perps sneak them across borders...just to name a few,but the govt doesn't enforce the laws on the books...how about judges actually give stiff sentences instead of plea bargains. Again it's not the cell phone that texts itself and kills its the driver just as its not the bottle of beer that kills it's the driver....it goes back to responsibility! Again this doesn't make things fool proof but it might give or children a fighting chance...the gun doesn't pull the trigger the killer pulls the trigger!!!
Hilarity Jones December 28, 2012 at 02:30 AM
So, Lorraine, you being the expert on everything, not a personal attack just an observation, your idea of a huge fence around every school, as you have proposed is a solution based upon what? "There is to my knowledge no national registration or data base of firearms," Really? Are you for real (joke, not a personal attack)? So what you are saying is that anyone who purchases a gun legally, registers said gun, and posesses a license for said firearm is not entered into a database of firearm owners? I guess you are right, as that is what you have stated. Interesting, because if that is the case, how do we know the mother was a REGISTERED GUN OWNER. Lorraine, it would be best if you just continued to spew, as at this point it has become humor, fodder for water cooler dialogue. Please do not take this as any type of attack, as everyone already thinks what I am saying, only I have been voted by the masses to be the spokesperson. Disclaimer: If I do not speak "logically logistical", please speak up. If not you have been heard. Lorraine....please....more, it makes me and the rest of the population who consider themselves sane feel a little more......well you know.......what is the word I am looking for.......give me a minute........on the tip of my tongue.........wait!!......yeah, that's it.........sane.
Joe concerned citizen...not the plumber December 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Just to clarify a lot of states especially in the suburban areas do not require you rifles and shot guns to be registered, and private sales of such don't have to be recorded with the state....usually it is only the hand guns that need to be registered and the owner needs to be licensed in most states as well. Not knowing the case, the mother was likely a registered hand gun owner cause I believe her son had hand guns with him as well as the rifle Lorraine is partially correct
Lorraine DeVita December 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
@ Joe- This was posted in another article by "Patch Fan" and from what i can see a rather reasonable suggestion, that while not perfect and certainly not infalible would atleast add some measure of structure and consistency of process in owning a gun. they suggested : "let us treat these weapons like we treat cars in the US (a VERY regulated industry). You want an assault rifle, sure no problem. Pass the background and mental health checks through a national data base. Take a written and then a practical exam (like a car). Every weapon that leaves the factory will be required to register in a national database. When sold title changes hands (like a car). You will need to get liability insurance on that weapon (just like a car). You and your estate are now liable for what ever that weapon does (like a car). If your weapon is stolen, just like a car, file the police report as soon as you know and you will protect yourself against that weapon’s claims. You will have to inspect those guns each 365 days to ensure you are following current safety standards set by the state (like a car). The government will every year review and modify safety regulations to include weight, material, safety features, and provide ratings for the public (like a car)." I am assuming from your posts Joe that you are in law enforcement so your thoughts on Patch Fans post would be appreciated. to me atleast it seems like a logical BEGINNING ..

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