The NRA is sending "trained security officials" around the country to gather information for "best practices" and "risk assessment guidelines" for schools, which they'll release in April. The team - which includes federal law enforcement trainers, former Secret Service agents - are also helping schools conduct risk self-assessments.
Heading up the effort is Asa Hutchinson, former Republican congressman and Homeland Security staffer under George W. Bush, who's already shared some of his findings.
Hutchinson suggests that schools need trained armed guards to protect them, which may or may not involve teachers. His team is "looking into whether a designated staff member could be trained to fill the role of a security officer," and he proposes that Congress should fund "additional training." Hutchinson's staff will also assess other factors in school safety, "including the design of the building itself, expected response time from local police, [and] drills that are in place."
As USA Today points out, the security officers would be prohibitively expensive: "The NRA has not determined how every school could afford resource officers...While the salaries vary, officers usually cost a school $50,000 to $80,000 a year."
The NRA's proposal is being dubbed the "good guys with guns" plan, and has already been attacked by those who think the organization merely plans to recommend more guns in schools.
Via USA Today.