NEA Chief rejects NRA recommendations Reply

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(CNN) — The president of the nation’s largest teachers group on Wednesday rejected the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put guns in schools.

“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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