December 21, 2012
Last Tuesday, December 18, 2012, the National Rifle Association promised "to make "meaningful contributions to ensure there is no repeat of the Newtown massacre." Like most of you I had no idea what "meaningful contributions" actually meant. At first I assumed monetarily. Maybe they were going to pay for flowers at the funerals or maybe foot the bill for a memorial for the teachers and students.
Boy was I dumb.
Here's what LaPierre had to say: "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”
Really, he actually said this!
LaPierre went on to say that the NRA would create a “National School Shield Program" without defining what that actually meant.
Does anybody know how much it will cost to put that many police officers in schools? I have some idea as I did a little research.
Here are the figures.
Number of Schools
As of 2010 there were 98,817 public schools in the United States. This figure has most certainly changed upward as school construction never declines but increases over time. With two additional years since those figures were released, there's no telling what the figure actually is, but is almost certain it is higher. To simplify calculations let us use the ninety eight thousand number, just so we have some basic figure to work with.
Average Wage for Police Officers
I had originally estimated an average annual salary of $50,000 for an experienced officer. Though salaries have been going down in the last year, a variety of figures are given which remarkably works out to about $51,000 annually; this is close to my original estimate. According to indeed.com, a job statistics web-site, a recruit makes $49,000 per year, an officer transferring from one municipality to another makes $68,000 per year (for the first year [must be an incentive bonus]) and a supervisor makes $60,000 per year. This does not seem quite fair (between lateral and supervisor), but I'm not going to quibble over dollars and cents. Just to make this easier let me just stick with $50,000 even though this gives Wayne LaPierre a little breathing room.