“We believe the NRA’s focus is misguided and in fact a distraction from what we ought to be talking about,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association in an interview on CNN International’s Connect the World.
A day earlier, the NRA’s National School Shield program recommended training and arming adults in schools as a first line of defense against mass shootings such as the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The group, led by former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, outlined a total of eight recommendations such as school resource officer training programs, access control systems and an online school safety evaluation tool.
Van Roekel said the group’s main recommendation is off-base.
“When we poll our members or the public, they overwhelmingly…
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