Media forgets Bill Clinton’s call for ‘COPS in School’

After Friday’s press conference by NRA Chairman Wayne LaPierre, the media and liberals alike have been quick to ridicule LaPierre’s suggestion to put armed guards in every U.S. school. Rewind back to 2000 when President Bill Clinton requested $60 million in federal dollars to fund a program called “COPS in School”.

The program would have accomplished what LaPierre has proposed, and was endorsed by Clinton on the one-year anniversary of the Columbine school shootings.

But the media has forgotten this proposal and seems to be more concerned about gun control than safe schools. reports “the media’s going overboard, mocking it as bizarre, crazy, and out of touch”.

Clinton also unveiled the $60-million fifth round of funding for “COPS in School,” a Justice Department program that helps pay the costs of placing police officers in schools to help make them safer for students and teachers. The money will be used to provide 452 officers in schools in more than 220 communities.

“Already, it has placed 2,200 officers in more than 1,000 communities across our nation, where they are heightening school safety as well as coaching sports and acting as mentors and mediators for kids in need,” Clinton said.

The audio of President Clinton’s remarks are here:


Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


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