The National Rifle Association is calling for armed police officers to be stationed in every school in America following last weeks shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
In a statement released Friday, the NRA stated:
"I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school — and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January."
The NRA is also asking that when students return to school after the holiday break, that school officials "immediately deploy a protection program proven to work".
To read the entire statement released by the NRA, visit their website.
Here in Central Illinois, Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy said now is the time to step back and re-evaluate each school's safety measures.
"Some schools armed guards might be the answer and other schools it might not be. That's a budgetary thing that would hit a lot of school districts and a lot of towns and would be unattainable," said Sheriff McCoy.