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NRA calls for armed guards in schools

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The National Rifle Association announces its proposal for protecting our country's children from tragedies like the one in Connecticut. YNN's Beth Croughan has more.

UNITED STATES -- "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

What if last Friday, Adam Lanza was confronted by "qualified, armed security?"

That's a question the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre posed during a press conference one week after Lanza, police said, took the lives of 26 children and adults at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Executive Vice President suggested every school be staffed with a police officer and urged Congress to find a way to fund it.

"As Wayne said, many aspects in our society are being protected by people with guns. And the only part of society that's not are children in gun free zones, and movie theaters and malls," said Tom King, the President of the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association.

But, putting police with guns in schools the Executive Director of the New York State School Board Association said, can't be a one-size-fits-all answer.

"A police officer would be something that would be good in a school, if that's what the school needed but not every school is gonna need that," said NYSSBA Executive Director Tim Kremer.

Kremer said they've recently polled school board members and 70 percent support federal funding for School Resource Officers. A resource he said has been cut from many districts.

"Sometimes these were armed, sometimes they were not, but they had we had a great report with them. They were really good at developing relationships with staff and students, being that kind of go-to resource for school safety issues," he said.

In addition to school safety audits, Kremer said the NYSSBA has suggested school boards put their safety plans on their next meeting agenda.

"Sit down with the communities, share with them what's in that plan and talk to them about the fact that we have done everything we can to make sure this environment is safe, your kids are safe," he said.

And, in a statement released today, the State Education Commissioner called the NRA's statements a distraction. And says the events call for "common sense gun control and a more thoughtful response to the mental health needs of our citizens." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP