Parents, educators aren't quick to embrace NRA proposal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A parent and community activist in Philadelphia is denouncing the suggestion from the National Rifle Association today that armed guards be placed in every school to prevent violence.

Helen Gym says, "This is not an Old West shootout." She says, "We're talking about an elementary school."

Philadelphia officials have debated and rejected the use of armed guards or police officers in city schools. The district instead relies on unarmed school police.

The superintendent of a school district in suburban New York says the solution to school violence isn't "to put more guns in the equation." He says that would place children "in the midst of potentially more gunfire."

But according to the National Association of School Resource Officers, there are an estimated 10,000 of those officers -- most of them armed and employed by police departments -- currently in the nation's schools.

The NRA called for armed officers in schools at a press conference today, breaking its silence on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school.

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