NRA report calls for armed officers at all schools

By WEEK Producer

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM CDT

The National Rifle Association's School Shield Program is calling for heightened security at schools to prevent another Newtown tragedy.

The task force is recommending arming officers and school personnel at every school, increasing funding for school security, and improving threat assessment and mental health training for staff.

Mark Mattioli lost his six year old son in the Newtown killings.

"This is recommendations for solutions. Real solutions that will make our kids safer," said Mattioli.

Education advocates say more guns on campus is not the answer.

"What I worry is that distraction, this wrong focus will take us away from things that could be done right now," said Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association.

Congress has nearly abandoned hopes for bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

It's struggling to find consensus even on universal background checks, a measure supported by most Americans.

Tuesday, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland worried Congress may miss its opportunity.

"And if we do not act in those moments, then things will only likely get worse," said Cummings.

Thirty-five states are working to nullify any federal gun restrictions that do get passed.

In Nelson, Georgia, council members passed an ordinance requiring gun ownership.

But Wednesday in Connecticut, home to the Newtown shooting, lawmakers are expected to pass some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.

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