Explanation of The NRA's Solution to School Shootings

By Austin Stanley on January 8, 2013

In a much anticipated Press Conference on December 21 2012, (Transcript available here) NRA Executive-Vice President Wayne Lapierre introduced the NRA’s solution to school shootings. Their solution is called The National School Shield Program and is, according to the Program’s website an, ”NRA education and training emergency response program.”

The press conference made headlines in the last days of 2012 because of  Lapierre’s call on congress to, “…act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school…” However, not much effort has gone into looking at the School Shield Program, which will be helping facilitate Lapierre’s goal of having armed security in schools across America.

The National School Shield Program will be funded by the NRA and is currently just a “team of experts” being led by NRA, appointed Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson is a former U.S. Congressman, former Attorney General of Arkansas’ Western District, former Administrator of the FDA and former Undersecretary in the Department of Homeland Security. Hutchinson also  helped oversee The Federal Air Martial Program, which facilitated discreet, armed guards on airplanes.

During his portion of the press conference Hutchinson said that the program will have two key elements.

Hutchinson described the first element as a model security plan or, “… a set of best practices, principles and guidelines that every school in America can tweak, if needed, and tailor to their own set of circumstances.” These guidelines will be based off, “…the latest, most up-to-date technical  information from the foremost experts in their fields.” Hutchinson did not go into detail about who those experts are, or will be.

According to Hutchinson, the ability for the plan to be customized allows for the parents at each school to decide whether or not they feel they need armed security.

The second element is an armed security force that wont rely on federal or local government funding or personnel. Instead the shield program will “…make use of local volunteers serving their own communities.” Hutchinson uses a group called the “Watchdog Dads,” as an example of the type of armed security that will be in Shield Program schools. The Watchdog Dads are a volunteer group who patrol playgrounds at schools in Hutchinson’s state of Arkansas to, “provide a measure of added security”

People who want to volunteer do not need to have a history in law enforcement.

The  School Shield Program is still in its infancy, and changes along with the actual security model can be expected in the following months.  It is customizable to each school and won’t require tax dollars to function.



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