The Corner

Hutchinson: NRA Seeks to Be ‘National Leader in School Safety’

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. 

Though the NRA had floated the idea of having volunteers serve as armed guards in schools in a December press conference, Hutchinson today said he had concluded that was “not the best solution.”

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. 

Hutchinson was joined on stage by Mark Mattioli, the father of a child who died in December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Mattioli applauded the NRA’s efforts and encouraged schools to consider Hutchinson’s proposals. “I hope this does not lead to name-calling. These are recommendations for solutions. Solutions to make our kids safer,” he said.

Most Popular

Media

The Biden Protection Racket

Joe Biden is the most cosseted presidential candidate in memory. He’s run a minimalist campaign that’s avoided the press as much as possible, while the press hasn’t been braying for more access and answers, but eager to avoid anything that could be discomfiting to the campaign. Never before have the ... Read More
Media

The Biden Protection Racket

Joe Biden is the most cosseted presidential candidate in memory. He’s run a minimalist campaign that’s avoided the press as much as possible, while the press hasn’t been braying for more access and answers, but eager to avoid anything that could be discomfiting to the campaign. Never before have the ... Read More

A Few Cracks in the Progressive Wall

The contemporary progressive agenda — of, say, an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren — has rarely appealed to 51 percent of the American electorate. Most polls show opposition to Court packing and the abolition of the Electoral College. Voters don’t seem to like ... Read More

A Few Cracks in the Progressive Wall

The contemporary progressive agenda — of, say, an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren — has rarely appealed to 51 percent of the American electorate. Most polls show opposition to Court packing and the abolition of the Electoral College. Voters don’t seem to like ... Read More

Trump: No

Editor’s Note: The following is one of three essays, each from a different perspective, in the latest edition of National Review on the question of whether to vote for President Trump. The views below reflect those of the individual author, not of the NR editorial board as a whole. The other two essays can be ... Read More

Trump: No

Editor’s Note: The following is one of three essays, each from a different perspective, in the latest edition of National Review on the question of whether to vote for President Trump. The views below reflect those of the individual author, not of the NR editorial board as a whole. The other two essays can be ... Read More
Elections

Why Hunter?

Hunter Biden, Joe’s younger son, has become a fixture of the 2020 race. Since August 27, 2019, Donald Trump has tweeted about Hunter 59 separate times, making his colorful past one of the Trump campaign’s most important attacks on his rival. For many years, Hunter struggled with serious drug and alcohol ... Read More
Elections

Why Hunter?

Hunter Biden, Joe’s younger son, has become a fixture of the 2020 race. Since August 27, 2019, Donald Trump has tweeted about Hunter 59 separate times, making his colorful past one of the Trump campaign’s most important attacks on his rival. For many years, Hunter struggled with serious drug and alcohol ... Read More