NRA calls for armed guards in schools, taps Hutchinson to lead plan
Posted: December 21, 2012 at 11:18 a.m.
Updated: December 21, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.
The National Rifle Association called for stationing police officers in schools as the proper response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Connecticut and blamed “blood-soaked films” and video games for the violence.
The NRA also announced a plan to develop a comprehensive school security plan for use nationwide, an initiative that is being headed by former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, an Arkansas Republican.
“The only thing stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Wayne LaPierre, the organization’s chief executive officer, said Friday at a news conference that was twice interrupted by protesters. He urged Congress “to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”
Beyond paid security, LaPierre said school systems could tap into retired firefighters, police and military personnel to create school “security forces.”
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.