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Mom's Talk: Armed Guards in Our Schools?

Mom's Talk asks parents to tell us whether they think their children's school should have armed guards in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy

The debate over guns in schools heated up Friday as the NRA issued a sweeping call for armed guards nationwide and a group called MomsRising responded with harsh criticism of the powerful gun lobby.

We'd like to hear the parents of our communities weigh in. Do you think your child's school should have armed protectors or does that idea worry you?

There are strong opinions on both sides of this timely controversy.

Post your comments below and you can also vote in our poll on an assault weapons ban.

Our Moms Council members include:

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International.
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

CM December 23, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Yes, absolutely there should be someone armed in every school! I can't even comprehend why anyone would have such an issue with this other than their own fear of what they don't understand. The list is endless of things and places in this country that are protected by armed guards, why on earth should our kids not be one of them? I think maybe people think that the USA is a civilized country and therefore this would be extreme, but are we? Are we really anymore civilized than some other countries? I, as well as my children, grew up around guns. We were taught how to handle them (or not handle them), taught the danger that they can pose if not handled properly, and taught the respect of the weapon that it deserves, etc. We are all comfortable around guns because we are educated about them and familiar with them. I wonder if this is the difference between how I feel about this topic verses the people who feel differently.
Carl W December 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM
And what about the movie theaters, (summer) community swimming pools (Allentown has police), etc....... There's a nationl "low self-esteem" situation, and it builds up to this. Also, support President, and tells Republicans to stop cutting mental health program funding, State Republicans too. As Paul Carpenter, in Morning Call said: "People getting professionally treated at Allentown State Hospital, & leaving when ready." The hospital was shut, needy people put out on the streets. This enables tax cut5s for rich !! Happy, Republicans, and supporters? No??? Then speak up - let Bush tax breaks for the rich EXPIRE, & reopen the hospitals !!!
Carl W December 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM
For now, "N.R.A. demanding armed guards in schools." Great, sells more guns, too! How 'bout "N.R.A." PAYING for more armed guards?????
Carl W December 24, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I know personally, as professional, this needs to be done - nationwide! Closing them is a main area of Republicans lowering "tax & spend." Next, do we really need the Navy? After all, Coast Guard patrols boarders - just put 2 cutters on each side of country. Think of the savings !!!
sms December 24, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Everybody seems to be forgetting the most important thing here; our children deserve to be protected. We as parents can not be with them all the time and I think if we can give them some protection while in school we should do it. As a nation we are always protecting people in authority, I feel it is high time we start protecting our future and our most precious possessions.....our children!
StGabes December 24, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Yeah why Not the rich have their kids in school with armed police/guards, the Commie in chief has his kids in a school where there is an armed guard, I believe 11armed persons...
Joe Sommers December 24, 2012 at 03:09 PM
No carl...How about Obama creating new Government jobs by hiring armed guards for the schools. He then kills two birds with One stone ... He helps the economy with new jobs and protects are children. Gun Control is NOT the answer.No way ...No how..and I dont own a gun. These mass killings by young people never happened a generation ago. This clearly is a breakdown of our culture . This is not a gun problem.I do agree that mental health should now be at the forefront of health care. Getting the insurance companies to buy is is a whole different situation. Even if we had more Federal or State institutions Adam Lanza would have never made it to an asylum because his mother protected him. Nothing would have stopped Lanza from committing this horrific crime. State run mental instituitions are not the answer. Ever been to a VA hopsital.???? There is a stigma when an individual gets mental health care hence why Mrs. Lanza kept this quiet and therefore didnt get the help Adam Lanza truly needed. The Health care industry needs to totally revamp how we as a nation and culture perceive mental illness. Our country and society would reap the benefits if Insurance companies made mental health as important as physical health.if the stigma regarding mental health were to go away and the insurance companies provided the proper care then repsonsible people would get the help they needed.
Chandler December 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM
No. The problem is that people (the ones that posted above) think this is happening everyday, everywhere, all the time. This is just a knee-jerk reaction. It is a tragedy--but it happens so randomly and infrequently that putting armed guards in the school is not the solution. . Why don't you stop driving your children in cars?? Far more people are injured or killed in car accidents than a random shooting. You need to put things in perspective. Evil will always be here and we can't stop it by putting armed guards in the school.

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