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NRA study suggests armed school staffers



Published: Wed, April 3, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON

The Senate gun-control debate on the near horizon, a National Rifle Association-sponsored report Tuesday proposed a program for schools to train selected staffers as armed security officers. The former Republican congressman who headed the study suggested at least one protector with firearms for every school, saying it would speed responses to attacks.

The report’s release served as the gun-rights group’s answer to improving school safety after the gruesome December slayings of 20 first-graders and six adults at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. And it showed the organization giving little ground in its fight with President Barack Obama over curbing firearms.

Obama’s chief proposals include broader background checks for gun buyers and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines — both of which the NRA opposes.

The study made eight recommendations, including easing state laws that might bar a trained school staff member from carrying firearms and improving school coordination with law-enforcement agencies. But drawing the most attention was its suggested 40- to 60-hour training for school employees who pass background checks to also provide armed protection while at work.

“The presence of an armed security personnel in a school adds a layer of security and diminishes the response time that is beneficial to the overall security,” Asa Hutchinson, a former GOP congressman from Arkansas who directed the study, told a news conference.

Asked whether every school would be better off with an armed security officer, Hutchinson replied, “Yes,” but he acknowledged the decis-ion would be made locally.


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1dmacker(277 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Unfortunately passing Federal laws making schools "GUN Free" zones has not stopped the criminals from attacking our children at the place where they should be the safest.
Sadly the criminals also feel safe there knowing that they will face no armed defender of those children.
At Columbine killers attacked while the officer was eating lunch in his car. However, once he entered the school and engaged the attackers he did save lives.
We protect so many of the things we value, with armed security, why not our children in school?

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2HappyBob(285 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

@dmacker,
Read the sheriff's report here
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2000/colu...

You will find that the Columbine SRO was doing exactly what his job expected, standing over watch on students at the "smoker's pit".

Obviously the SRO can not be at all places at all times at the high school.

Would fewer kids have been killed or injured if the were more SROs, on duty? Very likely!

Check out the SRO training program, then compare that with the outline offered by the NSS task force for non-SRO. It's very clear that the non-SRO program is security "on the cheap".

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