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NRA: Arm a staff member in every school

The National Rifle Association on Tuesday announced the findings of an initiative on school safety commissioned after Adam Lanza’s killing spree in a Connecticut elementary school.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The National Rifle Association on Tuesday announced the findings of an initiative on school safety commissioned after Adam Lanza’s killing spree in a Connecticut elementary school.

A panel of Connecticut state lawmakers completed a bipartisan piece of legislation on Monday designed to curb guns in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

A training program on firearms for school staff members who choose to participate was one of the recommendations from the group headed by Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson, a former top official in the Department of Homeland Security, said 40 to 60 hours of training would be required for school officials to be armed.

“Let me emphasize, this is not talking about all teachers. Teachers should teach,” Hutchinson said.

Other findings by the initiative include:
  • School resource officers already in place could undergo enhanced training
  • And many schools need improvements in security infrastructure – such as better locks and fencing Vice
President Joe Biden said in a phone call with supporters last week that he is open to police officers in schools that want them, but would draw the line there.

“The last thing we need, and ask any teacher, is to arm teachers, arm teachers, turn schools into armed camps,” Biden said.

The NRA does not support major reforms on restricting guns – and some believe public support for that has waned in the months since the Newtown massacre.

President Barack Obama plans to put gun control reforms back in the spotlight with a trip Wednesday to Aurora, Colo., - the site of the theater shooting spree that took the lives of 12 people and wounded dozens more.

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