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NRA says armed officers should be in every school

Posted at 3:14 PM, Dec 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-22 15:14:07-05

(WTVR) - The focus of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting sparked a debate in Washington about gun laws.

The NRA CEO, Wayne LaPierre, claimed gun control is not the answer, saying that every school in America should have an armed police officer inside.

Richmond school board leader Kim Gray said the federal or state governments, not the localities, should provide funding to have armed officers in each school.

"It's absolutely necessary to have a police officer based at every school," Gray told CBS 6's Jon Burkett.  "I think that when we have incidents of this nature, then we increase our security in and about our schools."

California Senator Dianne Feinstein pointed to Columbine and how armed security officers there could not stop 15 murders.

According to a report by the The Virginia Tech Review Panel, 34 campus police officers, as well as the Blacksburg Police Department, could not put an end to the deadly shootings there.

The White House is pushing for gun legislation and a ban on assault weapons.  Meanwhile, gun sales, according to Consumer News and World Report, are flying off shelves along with ammunition.