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    NRA Proposes Armed School Staff

    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 02:  Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson announces the recommendations of the NRA backed National School Shield Program regarding school security during a press conference April 2, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Among other findings, the report recommended training and placing armed personnel in public schools following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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    The National Rifle Association is standing by its argument that the best way to stop school shootings is to arm school staff. Protected by a dozen armed guards, former Arkansas representative and current NRA consultant Asa Hutchinson unveiled a 225-page report detailing the organization’s proposal, “School Shield.” It includes arming at least one staff member with anything from “sidearms, to shotguns, to AR-15s.” Each armed staffer would undergo a 40- to 60-hour firearms-training course, developed by the NRA, at an estimated cost of $800 to $1,000. The American Civil Liberties Union called the plan “radical” and asked Congress to “reject any proposal that militarizes our schools.”

    Read it at The New York Times