NRA-backed group wants gun training for school staff
Former GOP congressman Asa Hutchinson headed the National Rifle Association-backed School Safety Shield.
April 2nd, 2013
11:48 PM ET

NRA-backed group wants gun training for school staff

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

Washington (CNN) – A commission tasked by the nation's most influential gun lobby to assess school safety proposed a set of recommendations Tuesday that includes a plan to train and arm adults as a way to protect kids from shooters.

Former GOP congressman Asa Hutchinson, who headed the National Rifle Association-backed School Safety Shield, said the plan to train school personnel to carry firearms in schools made sense as a way to prevent shootings like the December massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

"Response time is critical," Hutchinson said at a press conference revealing the plan.

"If you have the firearms in the presence of someone in the school, it will reduce the response time and save lives," he said.

READ: Texas superintendent explains why some of his staffers carry guns

Hutchinson said the recommendation for school personnel to carry weapons includes the stipulation those adults undergo a 40-60 hour training program and are screened through a background check.

The entire report contains eight recommendations, including enhancing training programs for school resource officers and developing an online assessment portal for administrators to gauge their schools' security.

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    Yes! and you mark my word. When an overworked, underpayed, stressed out teacher shoot and kill little innocent Johnny. All hell is going to break loose. especially when little johnny was just being a "kid". Who are the weapons for? The students or outsiders? The more we go forword of guns, the more these nuts wish to take us back. I say NO to guns in school, churches, places to eat, public places where I pay taxes. Keep them in your freaking homes!

    April 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  2. Anthony Rienzo - a High School Student

    Way to make Ballistic Markings obsolete! Just steal a gun registered under the school's name, after all, they purchased it!

    April 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
  3. tonya

    Teaching staff different ways to handle it would be good.Guns in school should not happen trained or not things happen.All it would take a few older students to over power guard & loss their gun it happened to cops.Make a law requiring owners to own a safe and responsible of a crime for what their gun and letting the firearm get in the wrong hands of their family members that seem to get the gun to hurt or kill someone. Make owns pay for not locking it up.I love going shooting but I know to keep them always behind lock & key. Not a show case with glass but a metal safe that's fireproof

    April 3, 2013 at 4:30 am |
  4. Bryan

    The reporting on this has been abysmal from EVERY major news source today. I think most of the commentary was written without even glancing through the report. How do you square that headline with the below verbiage?

    Our goal in the ensuing discussion is neither to advocate for nor against all or any of the possibilities in a
    specific case; rather, it is to provide a cogent analysis of some of the potential benefits as well as the
    accompanying risks to introducing armed personnel of various forms into schools. The ultimate decision
    regarding whether to introduce any form of armed security at a school must always be made by local
    stakeholders on the ground; nevertheless, it is the belief of the National School Shield Task Force that
    many schools across the country stand to benefit from the presence of armed security and, in the quest
    to make our schools safer, should leave no option off the table.

    American media is shameful.

    April 3, 2013 at 12:22 am |
  5. Sarah

    I don't think it is very safe for school staff to be walking around with weapons for any cause. Some of the staff may not be as good as you think. I think there should just be background checks for people who buy guns but there could be some cons about that too. For example, a person may have a perfect background check but then use the weapon. Meaning everyone has a starting point.

    April 2, 2013 at 11:58 pm |