Albuquerque teachers union says no to N.R.A. plan

Posted at: 04/02/2013 6:46 PM
Updated at: 04/02/2013 6:47 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The N.R.A.'s latest idea for school security has been debated already in New Mexico. It's a simple plan leading to a complicated debate. At least one person, with one gun, in every one of our nation's schools.

"I don't think the NRA has spoken to teachers." says Ellen Bernstein of Albuquerque Teacher's Federation Union. She says no thanks to the NRA and its latest suggestion it made to train and arm at least one staff member at every school.

"I don't think the NRA has any business making recommendations to have more guns in schools as a way to solve societal violence."

The NRA suggests 40 to 60 hours of training for school staff before they are armed. Outside Dolores Gonzales Elementary in southwest Albuquerque, KOB Eyewitness News 4 found parents like Mona Bartolini, who like the idea.

"I just think it would be safer for the kids. With all the strange people going around nowadays. You just never know or not if your kids are safe at school or not."

Kathryn Burke thinks that not doing anything is the worst option.

"I think that if it comes down to it and it happens at one of our schools and nobody is there to protect our kids- every single person here is going to be angry that nobody stepped up to protect their children."

New Mexico Senator Sue Beffort Wilson proposed a bill in this last legislative session that would have allowed for an armed person in every school in New Mexico. That bill never made it out of committee.