NRA to Announce School Safety Measures

Monday, 01 Apr 2013 11:04 AM

By David Yonkman

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The National Rifle Association on Tuesday will release its plans to improve school safety with an emphasis on placing armed security guards in schools.

The NRA is expected to give legislative proposals to Congress and offer law enforcement officials training recommendations to prepare the armed guards, who the organization believes should be available to schools, according to CNN.

The findings will include a combination of policy proposals and resources for lawmakers, law enforcement, and school officials to implement the recommendations. Additionally, state and local officials will find guidelines on how to alter their ordinances to permit the armed guards.

The nation’s largest gun-rights advocacy organization announced it would be undertaking the initiative — titled the National School Shield Program — following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December.

The Obama administration hasn’t ruled out some form of armed protection on school property. Vice President Joe Biden, in a conference call last week with supporters, took issue with arming teachers, but backed having security guards on campuses.

“The last thing we need — and ask any teacher — is to arm teachers ... turn schools into armed camps,” Biden said. “But what does make sense is if a school decides they want to have a school resource officer — that is a sworn shield, someone who is a sworn police officer, in or out of uniform, armed or unarmed, depending on what the school wants.”

The Senate is expected to take up a gun-violence measure next week to expand the scope of background checks and further criminalize gun trafficking.

The legislation faces an uphill battle with five GOP senators threatening to filibuster any new restrictions on guns that they believe may violate the Second Amendment. And any bill that passes the Senate faces uncertain prospects in the Republican-controlled House.

Additionally, the NRA will likely meet any new gun-control measures supported by the White House with skepticism.

President Barack Obama’s series of executive orders bolstering national background checks for gun purchases and instituting government research on gun violence were met with derision from the NRA.

“There were many allies of the president, and even some in the national press corps, that derided the National Rifle Association for saying before the election that this is a president whose heart is set on enacting gun control in any way, shape or form,” NRA’s Director of Public Affairs Andrew Arulanandam told Newsmax.

Immediately following the Sandy Hook tragedy in which 20 first-graders and six teachers were killed, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

And he asked, “Why is the idea of a gun good when it’s used to protect our president or our country or our police, but bad when it’s used to protect our children in their schools?”

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