The National Rifle Association, the ongoing lobbying interests of which primarily exist for the promotion of buying more guns under the auspices of “safety,” has apparently concluded once and for all that the way to keep schools safe in the aftermath of mass shootings is to bring more guns on campus, with its $1 million task force suggesting Tuesday that the government change laws surrounding gun-free zones and make the NRA’s estimated $6.6 billion pipe dream a reality.
Asa Hutchinson, the former NRA A-rated Congressman who is now running for governor in Arkansas while “employed as a consultant” of the NRA, took the podium Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to outline what he called “recommendations” to a gun lobby that paid “in excess of $1 million” for him and the “National School Shield” task force to create them. The NRA task force’s proposals, part of a 225-page document that Hutchinson and the NRA have yet to release publicly, center on an eight-point recommendation on school safety — two of which have to do with bringing guns on campus, and three of which revolve around getting permission and funding from state and local officials to make this happen. (Update, 12:55 p.m.: The report was later obtained by the news media)
Hutchinson and his team had been studying and surveying schools since December, when the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre introduced Hutchinson as leading the lobby’s school safety efforts in a press conference much wilder than Tuesday’s seemingly calm affair. Speaking of so-called School Resource Officers — a new name for LaPierre’s notorious “good guy with a gun” — Hutchinson said Tuesday that “an SRO in every school building is important. Right now you have an SRO in every third building. I would say that is insufficient. Generally there should be at least one in every school campus to reduce the response time.” He said that in the report, “there is no specific recommendations on how many SROs or armed personnel” there should be at each school.
But Hutchinson’s key points about school safety wrapped themselves around one expensive, perhaps very controversial tenet: a model-training program of those School Resource Officers, or armed guards who aren’t school administrators. Hutchinson called this “an enhancement of what they currently undertake. It’s 40 to 60 hours of comprehensive training,” adding that the program would be open to “program for selected and designated armed school personnel” and administrators that want the training. He said “teachers should teach,” while very leaving open the possibility that classroom teachers could get the very expensive training.
Indeed, putting more SROs in schools and training them wont’ come cheap.
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