Former congressman Asa Hutchinson today unveiled the National Rifle Association’s recommendations for school safety, which include installing armed guards in schools and placing a greater emphasis on mental-health care for school children.
The NRA will offer a model training program for school personnel that will educate them in the use of firearms, said Hutchinson, who called the curriculum “totally comprehensive.” “This is probably the one part of the program that catches everybody’s attention,” he noted.
The former Arkansas representative, who consulted with national experts as he assembled his proposals, said that the NRA’s goal is to become a “national leader in school safety” and that the organization has devoted $1 million to the effort.
As the national debate over gun control rages and Senate majority leader Harry Reid prepares to bring his legislation to the floor, Hutchinson declined to comment on pending legislation. “While the debate goes on, we’re trying to do something about school safety,” he told reporters.