NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre made the serious suggestion that instead of pursuing gun control on a national scale Congress should instead pay for police officers to patrol every school in the United States.
That is a somewhat expensive proposal, as we'll soon see.
The median annual pay for a police officer in 2010 was $55,010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There were 98,817 public schools during the 2009-2010 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
If you were to install one full-time cop at each and every school in the United States, it would cost more than $5.4 billion.
It's not clear if the NRA wants just one, or more.
Here's how much it would cost to pay for a certain number of cops in every school in the United States:
It may be somewhat difficult to convince Congress to spend several billion dollars to carry out this proposal instead of the comparably cheaper alternative of gun control.
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