Armed guards patrolling Staten Island schools a ‘terrible idea,’ says Bloomberg

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This week, the Staten Island Community Education Council proposed deploying retired police officers with concealed weapons in borough schools as a way to better protect them from Sandy Hook-style shootings.

The proposal resembles the N.R.A.'s proposed solution to school gun massacres, and, like the N.R.A.'s idea, it elicited a dismissive response from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"I think it's a terrible idea," said the mayor, the modern-day face of the gun control movement in the United States. "We don't need that in our school system. We have school safety officers. Where it is dangerous, the police department does already deploy police officers."

"And the bottom line is the crime rate in the school system is very low," he continued. "You're never gonna make everybody safe all the time. We just can't have a police officer standing next to every single person."

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The mayor made his remarks during a question-and-answer session with reporters following a police academy graduation ceremony.

Today, he and police commissioner Ray Kelly announced that the city is on track to record its lowest murder rate since the city began keeping such records in 1963.