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Steckler quoted in NY Times, Washington Post re: NRA comments on mass shooting

I didnt’ see it on TV, but last Sunday (I’m told) host David Gregory on NBC’s Meet the Press used quotes attributed to Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler from weekend articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Those papers had called Steckler for his thoughts regarding comments made by NRA chief Wayne LaPierre last Friday, when LaPierre called for placing armed police officers at each school in the nation in order to prevent another school massacre.

Steckler criticized LaPierre’s ideas. Here’s his mention in the New York Times:

Craig Steckler, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, called the rifle association’s proposal unrealistic and probably unwise. Putting at least one officer in each of the nation’s schools could mean hiring as many as 100,000 people, he said, expanding the ranks of state and local officers by one-quarter. Qualified applicants, he said, are already scarce.

“My city has 32 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 6 high schools, and that doesn’t include private schools,” said Mr. Steckler, the police chief in Fremont, Calif., a city of 214,000 people. “My patrol force is 89 officers on all shifts. Where are we going to get 40-some additional officers?”

“I just don’t believe that putting more guns on the campus is a solution,” he added, saying that chiefs would rather see more resources devoted to mental health care and the control of assault weapons.

Here’s Steckler in the The Washington Post:

The NRA’s proposal would be unworkable given the huge numbers of officers needed, said the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Craig Steckler.

He pointed to budget cuts and hiring freezes and noted that in his hometown of Fremont, Calif., it would take half the city’s police force to post one officer at each of the city’s 43 schools.

The Department of Education has counted 98,817 public schools in the United States and an additional 33,366 private schools.

In the meantime, we’ll have a story in Sunday’s Argus newspaper (and Oakland Tribune and Daily Review) that will profile Steckler. Sunday is his last day as Fremont’s chief of police. He’s retiring after a nearly 45-year career, the last 20 years spent as Fremont’s top cop.

Chris DeBenedetti

  • Tony Irvington

    Can we watch BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE on T.V. yet?
    WHY NOT!!?!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfWzgzby_hM

  • west

    oooops sphincter

  • Tony Irvington

    How come PBS STILL won’t show BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE on T.V.? In the 12 years since it won the Academy award for Best Documentary it has never been shown on broadcast T.V. NOT ONCE!
    WHY NOT!!?!

    Craig Steckler is president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police?
    Wow.

    Maybe he knows the answer?

  • Marty

    I haven’t seen Bowling for Columbine. But I have seen Fahrenheit 911 and Roger and Me, both of which relied on such tainted premises (…don’t get excited, West) that publicly funded PBS is probably concerned with the ensuing investigation that would be initiated from airing a propagandist’s product.

  • bbox231

    Tony,

    Anyone can catch BFC on YouTube here -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAouWXzi-1Q

    Dont know what kind of interest/demand might motivate PBS to consider airing material. But, with only 39k views (not all of which were complete) since Sep 2011, and using YouTube PBS’s priorities.

  • bbox231

    Post #5 should have concluded –

    Dont know what kind of interest/demand might motivate PBS to consider airing material, but with only 39k views (not all of which were complete) since Sep 2011, I gotta think airing this would not be at the top of their list.