NRA to announce school safety measures Tuesday
April 1st, 2013
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NRA to announce school safety measures Tuesday

Washington (CNN) - The nation's largest pro-gun lobby is set to prominently return to the debate over gun rights and restrictions this week when it unveils the conclusions of its school safety initiative in Washington on Tuesday.

The National Rifle Association first announced the National School Shield Program in December as its response to the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting a week earlier. It posted a bare-bones website and pledged to report back with a set of school safety proposals.

On Tuesday the NRA will announce its own findings and issue a report on how they believe schools can prevent future gun violence similar to the Newtown tragedy.

The National School Shield Program will present to lawmakers, law enforcement, school officials and the public a combination of policy proposals and resources to implement its recommendations, CNN has learned.

The NRA is expected to give Congress legislative proposals in the Tuesday report.

Law enforcement officials will find training recommendations to prepare the armed guards who the organization believes should be available to schools.

State and local officials will find guidelines on how to alter their ordinances to permit the armed guards.

Immediately following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told reporters, supporters and a few vocal protesters, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

"Why is the idea of a gun good when it's used to protect our president or our country or our police, but bad when it's used to protect our children in their schools? They're our kids," he said.

LaPierre, the longtime face of the organization, stood firm to that position and hasn't wavered despite immense criticism and pressure.

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Some lawmakers in several states have considered proposals to arm and train teachers. While the Obama administration hasn't ruled out some form of armed protection on school property, Vice President Joe Biden made it clear the idea wasn't his top priority. In a conference call last week with supporters, Biden indicated he preferred background checks be performed on all gun sales and took issue with the idea of arming legislators.

"The last thing we need, and ask any teacher, is to arm teachers ... Turn schools into armed camps," he said.

"But what does make sense is if a school decides they want to have a school resource officer - that is a sworn shield, someone who is a sworn police officer, in or out of uniform, armed or unarmed, depending on what the school wants - in the school to be able to have contact with and build relationships with not only the staff but the students in that school," he said.

Schools that do not want the dedicated police officer might use the funds on an additional counselor, he suggested.

Biden's position suggests he and the NRA may share some common ground on the issue.

Both appear to agree that schools need to be empowered to have armed guards if they want them and that infrastructure needs to be in place to train those guards.

Funding such programs remains a key sticking point between the White House and the NRA, including how lawmakers would dole out the grant money to local schools.

The Tuesday announcement is expected to heat up the contentious debate between the two sides.

It comes shortly before the Senate is expected to take up a measure to expand the scope of background checks and further criminalize gun trafficking. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proposed the legislation and says it also addresses school safety.

Although it does not include the assault weapons ban and restrictions on gun magazine size, Reid indicated the law would be open to amendments.

Since the days immediately after the school massacre, polls including CNN/ORC surveys have shown declining support for strict gun regulations.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. W.G.

    The NRA keeps promoting shooting people , whether its promoting letting students in college shoot each other
    or promoting shooting kids in Newtown whenever they say more guns are the answer , they are just promoting
    death and violence . It´s just a matter of time before somebody promotes shooting back at the NRA .

    April 1, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  2. king

    these NRA folks and repubs let me laugh, you know what i agree with armed guards, but the irony, these are the same repubs base that scream about Obama spends too much, now their real character is showing. they want huge big armies as if we are still in the cold wars, they want massive expansions of the border security, they want to kill discretionary spending, which is only 12 percent of the budget, as they watched our country fall back into the middle ages, as china and others modernized. yet they had 3 opportunities to make a grand bargain with this president, and they refused, just because they sold their governance to special interest Rehnquist. these folks let me laugh.

    April 1, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  3. Marie MD

    nrs and school safety is like not knowing the difference between ape and chimp.
    Why are we listening to a group of 4 million gun owners and that sloberring disgusting fool la pierre?

    April 1, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  4. Name lynn

    When everyone done talking about the gun laws, an nra an what the people trying to do , the people is still getting on the street, an where ever else the people is getting them. The president cant stop crimes not the shootings, no matter what laws or papers need to be sign nothing can be done about the people getting guns.

    April 1, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  5. fayray11x

    plan to increase gun sales – the ONLY job of the NRA anymore

    April 1, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Could we ignore these NRA guys and pass GUN-BAN LAWS. Obama signs it. Nation needs this now.

    April 1, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I have four words for those who think we should turn our public schools into hardened fortresses: Home Schooling, Private Schools.

    April 1, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  8. v_mag

    So, Wayne, was a gun good or bad when the NRA President's son fired it at passing motorists on the George Washington Expressway 10 years ago? If the son of your #1 NRA guy cannot be trusted to handle weapons safely, how can you tell me that masses of murder weapons distributed to schools is a good thing? Just how insane are you?

    April 1, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Sadie Boyd

    Why does a terrorist organization get a voice in our political discussion about the 2nd Amendment? They profit from guns...their voice echoes because they have bought politicians. The voices I want to hear are the mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and grandparents of the dead. We will not have sensible gun regulation until the money is taken away from the discussion. Australia was able to do this, why can't the United States?

    April 1, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. MaryM

    Oh boy, here we go again. More guns, we need more guns. Says the NRA and the gun manfacturers

    April 1, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Eli

    The NRA has no place in the political arena.

    Peta has just as many members and a swelling budget. They have no legislative power and do things like change the infrastructure of science in China because they want to faucilitate less animal testing in their free time. They also have rallies with naked ladies.

    The NRA has the same number of members and a swelling budget. They have legislative power and in their free time they like to shoot things that go boom and whine about perceived rights and nonexistent threats.

    See my point?

    April 1, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. P G Williams

    ""The Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God" (Ephesians 6: 17 ; Revelation 19: 13)kept my Parents A-Grade
    Teachers in the past, who believed Matthew 26: 52 ; "Here is the patience and the faith of the Saints"Revelation 13: 10)

    April 1, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. jim

    I like the idea of having at least 2 police officers dedicated to protecting every single school in the country. I think we should pay for this with the proceeds of a $2000 surcharge on every firearm sold.

    April 1, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    This idea of theirs is going to be pretty hard to implement with the right wing trying to eliminate the Dept. of Education, layoffs of public workers like teachers and police officers, and government spending as a whole.

    My question to the NRA would be simple. "How do you plan to pay for that?" My next question would be, "Are you crazy?"

    April 1, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. plain&simple

    Again how's that everyone carrying a gun thing working for those people in Texas??? Those two dead district attorneys might have a problem with NRA logic!!!

    April 1, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Rosslaw

    Wayne Lapierre best shows his lack of belief in anything he says about " a good man with a gun...." drivel is that he travels with bodyguards as brought out by Chris Wallace of Faux news. Maybe he's afraid to carry a gun.

    April 1, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Curious_G

    Eli et all – calling the NRA an organization that has no right to have a voice (about what you call perceived rights, no less – that is pitiful) is ignorant at best, most likely stupid, and at the very worst deceitful.

    The NRA is one of the few organizations with lobby capacity backed by regular old citizens (about 4.5 million of them) from all walks of life. All of those people are voters. That is where the power comes from.

    April 1, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. James Bond

    This guy is a tool, he does not care if your whole family gets slaughtered

    April 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Jerubbaal

    I recently spent a day in Sandy Hook and had dinner at the Blue Colony. There were handmade hearts with condolences throughout the restaurant. This was such a poignant and touching example to me of why we need effective gun control legislation. If a horror such as this covld happen in such a fine community as Sandy Hook, which truly is a throughback to the fifties, and the solution is more guns and more loss of innocents than I feel extremely sorry for this nation for we truly have lost our way. May God truly bless those little innocent souls, my heart was goes out to them.

    April 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. Marcia

    I hope that the NRA suggestion is that they will pay for armed guards in every school in America-but being the NRA they wiill suggest arming EVERY student over the age of 5

    April 1, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Durundal

    so lets see, we have 1d10ts with guns who go bazonkas and shoot up public places- this is a horrible tragedy. Now are reaction is to try to put even more guns into the hands of 1d10ts, and expect a 'smarter' outcome? At what point do we not deserve what becomes of us? This is not the wild west, and all those people talking about how the right to bear saves them from criminals have never actually had to do so outside of some sick little fantasy. Where's the sanity anymore?

    April 1, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. ED

    Reading the above posts I see that they all have one thing in common they all live in a world that is free from violence or so they think. They have never been accosted by a bad guy or gal so they believe that all is well. They all have one other trait that anti-firearm people have, they have no problem calling for help from the police or other armed people to bail them out of trouble with firearms when the above bad guys or gals show up. They are perfectly willing for someone else to risk injury or worse on their behalf. I believe that this type of behavior has a name but it escapes me at the moment.

    April 1, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. NotaSheep

    All you people screaming for gun bans, have a good look at Chicago, the President's home town. Looks like gun bans are REALLY working out there huh? All of the cities in this country that are destitute, have the worst crime, the worst education and have the most restrictions on Constitutional or natural rights, are run by Democrats. Thanks.

    April 1, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. roberto

    We guard all our national treasures, why not our children?

    April 1, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Rudy NYC


    Reading the above posts I see that they all have one thing in common they all live in a world that is free from violence or so they think. They have never been accosted by a bad guy or gal so they believe that all is well. They all have one other trait that anti-firearm people have, they have no problem calling for help from the police or other armed people to bail them out of trouble with firearms when the above bad guys or gals show up.
    Arming everyone and "stand your ground" laws are a recipe for more violence and anarchy.

    If 40% of the fence surrounding your field of crops is broken, and deer are coming in to eat your crops, what is the solution? Go get a bigger animal to patrol the field and scare away the deer? Or do you just fix the fence?

    April 1, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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