12/21/2012 5:54 PM
by Rebecca Turco
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is calling for armed officers in every school as a result of the Connecticut school shooting. The NRA held a news conference Friday to make this announcement, breaking its silence on last week's shooting.
Some said having armed officers in schools would curb violence. "I think it's an excellent idea," said Paul Willis of Fayetteville. Willis even suggested the possibility of principals being armed.
"If they want to have armed guards at the federal buildings and everything else, [then] they need to protect our kids," he said.
Debra Pories of Ansted said she supports the right to bear arms, but does not think armed officers in school would solve the overall problem. "By having armed people in schools, I think we're just putting a band
aid over what's truly happening in our culture. And it's not gonna
change the violence," Pories said.
Richard Hill, a teacher at Collins Middle School in Oak Hill, said the issue is not so black-and-white. "In a rural community, where it's a small school and everyone knows who
belongs and who doesn't, that might be an okay thing," Hill said. "In a larger
school, such as Collins, I don't think it would be a wise idea."
Approximately 10,000 school resource officers -- most of them armed -- are currently present in schools across the nation, according to the National Association of School Resource Officers.