After the Newtown shooting, National Rifle Association CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre proposed putting armed police officers in every school.
By the response he received from some quarters, you would have thought LaPierre suggested giving second graders Uzis.
The New York Daily News proclaimed LaPierre the "craziest man on earth."
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter called the proposal "a completely dumbass idea." American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said on Metronews Talkline, "We should be getting guns out of schools not in schools."
But why is the idea being summarily dismissed?
Importantly, the NRA later revised its proposal. NRA President David Keen told CNN his organization believes the decision of whether to have armed security guards should be left up to the individual school.
Many schools have already chosen to have police on or near the grounds.
In 1998, then-President Bill Clinton, with the support of many Democrats in Congress at the time, pushed through the Community Oriented Policing Services program. The federal government distributed grant money to schools for additional security measures, including metal detectors and police officers.
In April, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported, "marking the first anniversary of the shooting deaths at Columbine High School, President Clinton announced $120 million in new federal grants Saturday to place more officers in schools."
Clinton said at the time that the additional money would provide 452 additional school officers.