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NRA Report Argues for Weapons Training for School Personnel

April 02, 2013  | 

A National Rifle Association-backed task force has submitted a written report, calling for improved training for school resource officers and the arming and training of designated school personnel. The NRA's School Shield Initiative was organized in the wake of Decembers Newtown, Ct., school massacre, which claimed the lives of 20 elementary school children and six adults.

The NRA task force's report was presented today in a press conference by former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) who leads the NRA initiative. Stressing that the task force operates independently of the NRA, Hutchinson outlined eight measures that the task force believes will, in combination, enhance school safety.

They include the following:

Training: The School Shield Initiative task force recommended improved training for school resource officers and a training program for designated school personnel that wish to be armed. The model for both, as outlined in the report, involves 40 to 60 hours of comprehensive instruction.

"We looked at the technology of the schools. We looked at the interior and exterior doors, access controls, architecture and design of the schools. And then we looked at the armed officers, whether it's an SRO, which is a school resource officer, to the staff that may be armed or considering being armed," Hutchinson, former head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, said.

State Legislation: In order to permit trained school personnel to carry weapons on campus, each state's legislature would have to act.

Interagency Agreement: The report stresses the importance of a memorandum of understanding between the schools and local law enforcement agencies that details how each will respond to an attack.

Federal Response: The task force says that federal action is critical in the areas of technical innovation and training grants. The report calls for more directed funding for school safety and better coordination between the Department of Education, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security.

Other aspects of the report cover the need for improved mental health response, threat assessment, and access control. Each school can use an online security assessment tool available here to assess its security against the task force's recommended best practices.

"Right now schools either have to go out and hire an expert or struggle around with local law enforcement to develop their security policies," Hutchinson said.

The NRA has not adopted the task force's recommendation as its position on the issue of school safety. "We need time to digest the full report," the NRA said in a statement. "We commend Asa Hutchinson for his rapid response in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, and we are certain the contributions he and his team have made will go a long way to making America's schools safer."

Hutchinson's team consisted of experts from law enforcement, dignitary protection, and education. Read the full NRA report here.

By David Griffith


NRA Calls for Armed Officers in All Schools

Comments (19)

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George @ 4/2/2013 4:33 PM

This is a fantastic idea, and as it only applies to those teachers that want to be armed, I think it is a very positive step in the right direction. In Israel, teachers are often armed to provide for the safety of students. We should do no less for our children.

PRM @ 4/2/2013 4:37 PM

The NRA is spot on with the best solution available. Gun Control is not the answer. You don't stop a bad person by making it easier for them accomplish their goal(s). Law abiding citizens are not the problem.

Jason Harold @ 4/2/2013 4:44 PM

The NRA's sensible proposal may have been partly modeled on the system in Israel, developed after a series of terrorist shootings. Teachers and other school officials may volunteer to be armed. After screening, they receive some 60-70 hours of training in classroom and on range. The system works, and armed teachers and civilians have cut short many would-be terrorist attacks. When you see school groups on field trips in Israel, some of their teachers and assistants are armed. (Some of them carry openly; others concealed). Arming teachers here in the USA is a sensible proposal.

TimFromLA @ 4/2/2013 5:09 PM

Are you folks kidding? Who will pay for their training? I'm assuming you're not cops. in Los Angeles, for firearms training, this is what they do:

Honestly, you want to pay more in taxes so a teacher can have a firearm?

Rob @ 4/1/2013 5:34 PM

Let's see- NRA-endorsed, well-regulated firearms training course or VP Joe Biden, home shotgun defense diploma. Who would you want protecting your kids at school?

Mike @ 4/2/2013 5:58 PM

To TimFromLA @ 4/2/2013 5:09 PM
Would I pay more taxes to keep kids safe?
With all of the waste in our tax system I'd feel good about some of my money going for a worthy cause.
Let retired LEO's do it.
I'm retired and I keep my firearms qualification current every year at my own expense.

Gregg @ 4/2/2013 6:21 PM

Yes I would. Everything else seems to be paint for with my tax dollars. At least this would ensure my children's safety.

bpd3733 @ 4/2/2013 8:06 PM

I wish TimfromLA wore a shock-collar. That way I could give him some direct feedback on what I think of his opinions.

Capt. Crunch @ 4/2/2013 8:13 PM

Good idea but NRA should pay for it. Out here in California we have the National Guard who have law enforcement training and we should save the tax payers money and use the National Guard to protect our children in schools. 70 hours training is just BS.

Boston @ 4/3/2013 3:33 AM

But its for the children! The continous screams from Soccer Moms at my Town Hall Meetings when it comes to building another baseball diamond, floodlights for night games, sodding the third baseball diamond. We continue to feed these issues with taxpayer dollars and that's why the State of Massachusetts is losing residents. Lets get the Obama Administration to protect our children by reducing spending overseas. What the hell we blew all this money on TSA. Look what a mess that turned out to be. The only country that has no testicles when it comes to profiling. Profiling the one word that will save your rear every day.

Boston @ 4/3/2013 3:33 AM

But its for the children! The continous screams from Soccer Moms at my Town Hall Meetings when it comes to building another baseball diamond, floodlights for night games, sodding the third baseball diamond. We continue to feed these issues with taxpayer dollars and that's why the State of Massachusetts is losing residents. Lets get the Obama Administration to protect our children by reducing spending overseas. What the hell we blew all this money on TSA. Look what a mess that turned out to be. The only country that has no testicles when it comes to profiling. Profiling the one word that will save your rear every day.

Greg @ 4/3/2013 3:41 AM

Amazingly liberal attitude..."Let the NRA pay for it". NRA pays for the Eddie Eagle program about gun safety targeted for kids. Parents are the biggest leeches when it comes to demanding other people paying for their children.

70 hours of training isn't "BS", armed security guards don't require 70 hours of firearms training to be certified to carry. Israel's armed teachers reduced attacks on schools dramatically. Pilots were pleading for the ability to get registered to carry when they flew...and the gov't dragged it's feet and made everyone unsafe. Of course, every time their is a dramatic gun crime committed, and never being a group to waste a crisis, the same Dems demand more gun control "for the children".

Bob @ VA @ 4/3/2013 5:24 AM

Finally, a proven, common-sense approach to protecting our children. The NRA is spot on. We've wasted billions on TSA without a single proven benefit. Put that money into this proven program. Not only would this NRA plan be effective in an active killer scenario, but would serve as a deterrent to psychos from even attempting to kill children in schools. That's the desirable outcome - deterrence. Gun free zones are simply open invitations for psychos.

Pt @ 4/3/2013 5:39 AM

So the answer to the problem of too many guns in the wrong hands is to put even more guns out there......and we wonder why the rest of the world is laughing at us. And g*d damn me if I'm going to allow anyone to turn my child's school into an armed camp to satisfy the NRA's firearms fetish. The Second Ammendment wasn't meant to be a suicide pact, but that's what has happened. Gun shots are the leading cause of death amongst urban youth in many of our cities, and rather than attacking the root causes of that, the NRA and its sheeple think the solution is more and bigger guns. We are one sick country.

Bob @ VA @ 4/3/2013 7:00 AM

Pt - Take a breath. The problem isn't the guns, but the "wrong hands." The leading *root* cause of death amongst urban youth is the lack of male parental involvement/discipline and a resultant lack of sense of personal responsibility. We're producing wild animals with no discernible morality. Guns, kitchen knives, hammers, 2x4s, concrete blocks, sheer numbers, etc., do not create violent predators, but dysfunctional socialization does. Intact, nuclear families overwhelmingly (but not always) tend to produce productive members of society. Bill Cosby and others had it right in this regard. Inner city men need to take responsibility for the children they create. It's easy to blame inanimate objects for our problems, but a lot harder to address social issues that lie at its root. Obama is in a unique position in history to champion the needed societal changes in inner cities, but instead has abdicated his responsibilities to pursue rampant socialism that will make matters much worse. Taking away guns will only empower the young, strong predatory criminals to murder, rape and rob without fear of immediate consequences. Women always get the worst of that outcome.

R. G. Montgomery @ 4/3/2013 7:05 AM

The NRA solution is the best so far. It would provide the fastest response at the least cost, by the people who are directly impacted.

According to news articles, there was a teacher at the Sandy Hook School who was killed while trying to defend her children. She would have done much better with courage, determination and a gun than she did with courage and determination alone.

NOT protecting children from mass-murderers is unforgivable and really self-destructive. For those of you with irrational fear of weapons, I suggest you simply pretend they're not there, just like you currently do with criminal activity.

bpd3733 @ 4/3/2013 9:06 AM

Absolutely agree with R.G. Montgomery.

Capt. Crunch @ 4/3/2013 10:46 AM

Thanks Greg, I'm, not a Liberal but I'm, amazing. You didn't mention anything about the National Guard, who have law enforment training,must more than 70 hours. But then thats how the far right is they print stuff that they want and parents are not leeches they only want the best for their children and do not want to get ripped off. If you think Israel protects their children better than the USA, maybe you should move there. Have a nice day.

RICHARD ISAACS @ 4/4/2013 4:43 PM


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