The National Rifle Association will disclose the conclusions of its school safety initiative in Washington tomorrow.
The contentious issue of school safety has been a thorn in the NRA’s side ever since the Sandy Hook shooting. The tragedy sparked a nationwide gun control debate and it provided the fuel for new legislation that would require universal background checks on all gun purchases.
Gun control advocates weren’t the only ones to mobilize after the Sandy Hook shooting, however. The NRA created the National School Shield Program days after the shooting. Members of the organization have been hard at work researching school safety measures that will hopefully prevent similar tragedies in the future.
While the American public can only speculate about the precise details of the announcement, it’s safe to say that the general advice will be “more guns.” Wayne LaPierre, NRA’s Executive Vice President, said following the Sandy Hook tragedy, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
The announcement will advise law enforcement officials on the best ways to prepare school security personnel and it will give state and local legislators a battle plan for creating stronger pro-gun legislation with public schools.
Tomorrow’s announcement will likely stir up some debate from the gun control camp, but not all gun control advocates are necessarily against armed guards in schools. Joe Biden said in a phone interview, “But what does make sense is if a school decides they want to have a school resource officer – that is a sworn shield, someone who is a sworn police officer, in or out of uniform, armed or unarmed, depending on what the school wants – in the school to be able to have contact with and build relationships with not only the staff but the students in that school.”
The timing of this announcement is certainly more than coincidental, just days after the Mayors Against Illegal Guns National Day to Demand Action and shortly before lawmakers vote on the new bill. The National School Shield Program’s new strategy could give gun rights proponents a vital boost in morale before legislators vote on the universal background check bill. With the NRA leading the charge and conservatives rallying against gun control regulations, armed guards in school could become a fairly common sight in America.