Janet Babin, Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
Janet Babin is a reporter at WNYC covering economic development.
Some local gun enthusiasts are vigorously supporting the NRA's proposal to place armed guards in schools.
The 75-year-old Colonial Rifle and Pistol Club in Staten Island was quiet on Friday afternoon. But one member, who would only give his first name as Ken, said he supports what he's heard so far from the National Rifle Association's proposal. He says there should be armed guards in schools.
"People blame the gun and it's not the gun it's the people behind the gun," he said.
Ken thinks many tragedies, like the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, could have been avoided with legal guns in the right places.
That was the sentiment at the VFW post in Cartaret, New Jersey. A group of vets discussed the NRA announcement Friday afternoon while watch TV and sharing a drink.
"Gun owners should keep a vault in their homes. I have 19 guns and they're all locked up," said NRA member James Schaeffer of Avendale, New Jersey.
Schaeffer agrees that legal guns in schools, with guards, could prevent shootings. Like other NRA members, he blames video games for the increased violence in schools, and would like to see limits on video games, not on guns.
"Gun laws don't work, kids steal illegal guns," the 57-year-old Schaeffer said. He's been hunting and using guns all his life.
"I never had an incident with a gun," he added.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the Colonial Rifle and Pistol Club is 5 years old. It is a 75-year-old club.