NRA school safety chief makes governor bid official
April 10th, 2013
12:55 PM ET
1 year ago

NRA school safety chief makes governor bid official

(CNN) – Asa Hutchinson, the former Republican congressman who helmed the National Rifle Association's task force on school safety, said Wednesday he was formally jumping into the race for Arkansas governor.


Hutchinson represented Arkansas' 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1997-2001, leaving after being re-elected to a third term when he was appointed head of the Drug Enforcement Administration by President George W. Bush.

He made a bid for governor in 2006, but was defeated by the current Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

Hutchinson was appointed by the NRA to investigate school safety and how to improve it after the December shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Part of the plan devised by his task force includes putting armed adults in schools after extensive training sessions.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    He's bought and paid for by the NRA. Arkansas, do really want this lobbyist as your next governor? By the way, since he was the head of the DEA under Dubya, I think it's fair to ask him and Michael Mukasey what they know about Fast & Furious Mr. Issa.

    April 10, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Arkansas just passed legislation specifically intended to create massive increases in operating expenses for Planned Parenthood and other women's services providers in an attempt to put them all out of business. It's one of the states near the top of the "we should just let them leave the union" list.

    April 10, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. nitromays

    Im from Arkansas and is sad to announce that those hillbillies will elect his ass cause the election will be about gun rights. Whats rediculous is they can do a background check on me and my whole family to get a security clearence but to keep our schools safe they buck the system. They wont care untill it hits their families because as long as its your family the hell with it.

    April 10, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. much thunder..little rain

    nra dont own ark....walmart does

    April 10, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. chilly g

    this guy is a lobbist and he will act on behave of the lobbist, bad choice but we are talking about arkassas.

    April 10, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Don't put a wolf in the hen house! Wake up people!

    April 10, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. v_mag

    We've got a bumper crop of nutjobs this year. All of them on the take from Big Business, and the NRA is one of the biggest.

    April 10, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. rs

    Great! The state of Arkansas won't be full until Hutchison is in it. If that is who Arkansas wants for leadership, by all means they should elect him to the post.

    April 10, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. scarf

    If he gets elected, the up side is that it limits the damage he canl do to just Arkansas.

    April 10, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |