Biden: Putting armed guards in schools would be a “terrible mistake”

Vice President Joe Biden figuratively slapped the National Rifle Association in the face on Thursday during a Google+ Hangout by indirectly slamming its suggestion to put armed guards in every school in the nation.

“We are not calling for armed guards in schools…we think that would be a terrible mistake,” the VP said during a PBS “Fireside Hangout.”

“The last thing we need to do is be arming school teachers and administrators,” he added.

The Vice President did talk about allowing schools to hire more mental health professionals and ‘resource officers.’ Biden said the current proposal — some $40 million for schools to hire these individuals — will not fully cover the cost of implementing these strategies nationwide, but it is a “way to begin the process.”

Biden’s backhanded insult came just minutes after he mentioned that he had met with the NRA during his gun safety task force meetings earlier this month.

But Biden’s position on armed guards isn’t one the administration has been pushing. During an interview with David Gregory on “Meet the Press,” Obama said he was “skeptical” of putting armed guards in schools, but refused to rule it out. And the federal government used to pay for a program to put armed guards in schools, something that Obama discontinued in 2012.

During the live chat, Biden also contradicted a questioner who asked about “gun control.”

“I don’t view it as gun control,” he said. “I view it as gun safety.”

The Vice President also mentioned he doesn’t care what semi-automatic weapons are called.

“I’m much less concerned quite frankly about what you call an assault weapon than I am about magazines and the number of rounds that can be held in a magazine,” he said.

Comments

Comments

  1. Tom says:

    That is because he does not truly care about children’s safety. That old codger is pushing a weapons ban but he doesn’t even know the difference between a semi-auto and a used automobile. He really should be a bus boy at some greasy spoon in the middle of nowhere. Way to go Biden, fight intelligent dialogue with ignorant speak! MORON!!!

  2. John says:

    This is rediculous, do people even know how to talk without quoting some overused news story like Sandy Hook, yes its sad kids were killed by a crazy kid but really, in China a man broke into a school and stabbed and kill 37 kids before police shot and killed him, so why dont we ban hands? Please banning guns will not help stop gun violence, crimes are commited with illegal weapons, rarely is it a responsible gun owner without health problems, and if it is they always have a extreme reason not that Im defendng anyones crime but seriously, responsible gun owners dont commit crimes, “bad guys” like gangsters and thugs commit these crimes with illegal weapons, that are stolen, sold illegaly or even imported from Mexico like full auto weaponsusing illegal modifications, and legal gun owners can pretty much get whatever they want just lenghtly paperwork that the goverment knows about. These mass shootings which make the news are the only thing us dumb Americans ever focus on, what about mass killings all over the world? Never hear about those controversial things unless im reading a magazine, hmm usuallly about Events throughout the world or firearms. Banning guns wont stop bad people from killing innocents, they only stop legal law abiding citizens from defending themselves, making Assualt Rifles illegal is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard, and forcing me to buy 10 round mags which cost more than the 20rd ones usually sold at gun or sporting good stores, rarely do we find 30 round mags and almost never 40 as they usually have a ingraing “For goverment and military personel only” and there arnt a thousand 50-100 round drum or box mags, as the NRA said Machine Guns are already illgeal, I cant go get a 249 for a few grand and go nuts with a 250 rd box mag (standard is 200 used by the military there are 250 the same size, no more bulk 50 more rounds, just to keep my post accurate). Banning guns only makes us less safe, today my History Professor was going over the Bill of Rights, and the 2nd Ammendment about how he will always have his Glock 19 in his house locked up, ready to protect himself just i case, smart man. Assualt Rifles are rarely used in criminal acts and almost always illegal, how bout the goverment truely defines assualt rifle it they want to ban them, hey govermentg need a definition?
    A Assualt Rifle is a Semi-Full automatic gun using a rifle size round on the sub-machine gun principle. That how the goverment saw them when they first invented them.
    We should not be baning anything above 10 rounds, we shouldnt be banning Assualt Rifles and people in general need to stop going crazy every time someone dies.
    Think goverment!!!! 2nd Ammendment

    1. Adam says:

      you are so right. We don’t ban cars for drunk drivers, so why should we ban guns for people who broke out of the insane asylum?

    2. Caleb says:

      John, the Chinese man that went on a “killing spree” in China did not kill anyone. He stabbed and wounded 20 people before he was stopped. Guns make it easier to kill people, and if you choose to disagree with that statement, that is your opinion. I am just suggesting that regulating the 340 million guns in Americacan be a good option for us.

  3. Ben says:

    Ive seen an artcle about how people ned to take a test about buying a gun what will that do people lie all the time they will continue to get guns and chaos will keep on appearing

  4. Merv' says:

    Crime control begins at home with the training of children at an early age. The morals of this nation has sunk to the lowest level in it’s history. Gun control will not stop or even reduce crime and the violence by people that are going to commit a crime no matter what they have in their hands.A person that has hate and murder in his or her heart will find a way to carry out the violence that they have within them.

    The city of Chicago has the highest murder rate of any city in the US. And, I’d say that 99.9% of these crimes are committed by people committing these crimes are with illegal guns. We have no need of new and more laws controlling certain types of guns. We can’t even enforce the laws that are not now on the books. The people that are demanding new laws are not intended for the purpose of getting the guns out of the hands of criminals, this is intended for the purpose of disarming of the America people.

    These people are looking for a submissive public. Our rights will begin to be taking away one by one until we have no rights at all, but to pay taxes put on us by the very same people that are going to take away our rights afforded to us by the Constitution and it’s amendments. If you will take a look at the history of other countries in this World that were taken over by dictators you will find that this is how they started taking away the individual rights of their citizens and then there will be a period of getting rid of the ones that oppose this take over. We will no longer be a nation of “Government by the people for the people!” Well, this is my two cents worth on this matter. My God forbid this from ever happening, but, it’s coming!!!!

Polititainment

Obama: LeBron 'did the right thing'

President Obama supports LeBron James' decision to wear an "I can't breathe" t-shirt during warmup before the NBA game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets last week.

Al Sharpton, Hollywood's Sony Liaison

In a private meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City Thursday, Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal told Sharpton that he could have a voice in how the movie studio makes its films.

Clooney: Release 'The Interview' online

George Clooney may have the most awesomely toothy response to the Sony Pictures cyberattack that forced the movie studio to pull the film "The Interview" from its December 25 release.

Jon Stewart might ruin your childhood

Jon Stewart brought his nightmare-inducing recurring character “Gitmo” on the show to talk about the normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba.

Colbert's embargo on the Vatican

Colbert had to chide his audience Wednesday night for getting excited about making “Cuba more libre.”

White House

Obama: we can’t have censorship subject to ‘some dictator someplace’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

U.S. confirms North Korea was behind Sony attack and promises ‘proportional’ response

Officials no longer merely suspect North Korea to be behind the cyberattack on Sony Picture—they’ve confirmed it.

District court declares Obama’s executive action on immigration unconstitutional
A federal court in Pennsylvania declared parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration unconstitutional Tuesday. Judge Arthur J. Schwab, sitting in the western district of Pennsylvania, said presidents do have the power to use discretion in deciding how to enforce laws, but found that Obama’s recent executive action went much further than that.  He said Obama was writing […]
Obama administration extends Pell grants to juvenile offenders
The Obama administration has set out new guidelines that allow for students sentenced to juvenile correctional facilities to be eligible for federal Pell grants. The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice sent out a joint release Monday that clarified an earlier law. Congress in 1994 prohibited inmates at federal and state prisons from receiving Pell Grants […]
White House denies report that it wants to delay release of CIA torture report

The White House is insisting it wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to release its report on CIA torture practices, despite a report that Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to scuttle it.

Congress

Rubio says Rand Paul is clueless on Cuba

Sen. Marco Rubio made his criticism of a fellow Republican plain Thursday night.

Gowdy's office responds to Speaker chatter

Rep. Trey Gowdy has become a sensation on the Right, with his no-nonsense style and committee hearing takedowns of Obama officials garnering him praise and attention.

Rand Paul: 'Opening up Cuba is a good idea'

Sen. Rand Paul broke with the Republican Party's prevailing argument against President Obama's Cuba policy Thursday, saying the move toward opening trade with the long-embargoed nation "probably" is a good idea.

Retiring DemHenry Waxman's farewell ode to govt

You'd think that, 40 years in, a congressman might grow cynical about the prospects of government meddling. Not retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)!

Senate Confirms Pro-Gun Control Surgeon General
NATIONAL JOURNAL — The Senate narrowly confirmed a new surgeon general whose nomination was delayed for months in a fight over his comments alleging that guns are a public health issue. The confirmation represents a victory for gun-control advocates, even as recent polling has shown Americans moving in the other direction toward gun-rights protections. The […]