NRA: Arm Teachers

Posted at: 04/02/2013 9:31 PM
Updated at: 04/02/2013 10:14 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- On Tuesday the National Rifle Association revealed a dramatic new proposal for how to make schools safer: arm teachers.

The announcement came after a lengthy study, financed by the NRA, which said teachers and other staff should be trained to carry firearms.

The American Federation of Teachers called the proposal a "cruel hoax" saying it would do little to protect children and was ultimately aimed at helping gun manufacturers.

Educators said that apart from financial and liability issues, the proposal also brings raises serious security concerns of its own.

“I can't tell you how many times teachers have come to me and said, 'Hey, I lost my keys,'” said Austin superintendent David Krenz. “Now, 'Hey, I lost my gun'? I say that kind of jokingly, but really when you've got hundreds and thousands of kids running around it just doesn't make sense."

The NRA’s proposal would create a model training program for teachers, but given the response by educators today, it appears unlikely the idea will gain substantial support.