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The TSA shouldn’t be a model for security systems, especially in schools

Excerpt from The Atlantic Wire

Jan 14, 2013 12:23 am

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The TSA shouldn’t be a model for anything but a PR disaster.

— Samantha Shankman

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The National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in every single school in America was unimaginably tone-deaf, but it’s not unimaginable. After a public outcry for security, we’ve had a massive nationwide effort to hire thousands of security agents for low wages relatively recently. You might know it as the Transportation Security Administration, which recruited 45,000 security screeners in response to Sept. 11.

The NRA is essentially proposing hiring a workforce of security agents even larger than the TSA’s screeners — there are roughly 99,000 schools in the country — and tasking them with monitoring every single person who passes through the halls.

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