NRA “School Shield” Annotation

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“A properly trained armed school officer, such as a school resource officer, has proven to be an important layer of security for prevention and response in the case of an active threat on a school campus…”

~ page 11

Report of the NRA School Shield Task Force:

http://www.nraschoolshield.com/NSS_Final.pdf

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Rawclyde’s Annotation:

The NRA was a leading factor in School Resource Officers not getting federal funding, when the NRA campaigned against the “Safe Communities Safe Schools” bill that failed in the U.S. Senate in April…

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To Senator Jeff Flake AZ…

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Hello Senator Jeff Flake ~

In the wake of the Newtown tragedy of 20 first-grade children and their educators slain by an assault-weapon wielding mentally-ill young man ~ something must be done.  I believe we have no choice.  This is why I urge you to become involved in the legislation of, at least, smaller magazine clips and thorough background checks for the purchase of guns, especially at gun shows.

Also, I think it would be beneficial, for Republican congress members and for our public schools, if you were to insist on the hiring of and providing federal dollars for more school resource officers, preferably armed, in our public schools.

I voted as an Independent in Yuma, 2012.  I served in the U.S. Army, 1980-84…

Which brings to mind, Sir, I believe our soldiers in Afghanistan would like to see Chuck Hagel commence his Secretary of Defense duties ASAP.  Your co-operation in regards to this appointment would be much appreciated…

Good day, Sir.

Yours truly ~
Rawclyde!

P.S. Good luck with your Sequestration debacle…

(e-mailed)

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To reduce gun violence…

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At the heart of the President’s proposals to reduce gun violence is a focus on making sure students and teachers are safe. Through executive actions, President Obama will:

Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers…

Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship, and institutions of higher education…

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The President needs all the support he can get to get this done and to get it done adequately.  I hope the NRA leaders are willing to at least support and even vocalize this part of Obama’s proposals!  Meanwhile citizens must pressure the U.S. congress…

~ Rawclyde!

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Resource officers coming…

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Press Release

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The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) recently applauded President Obama’s call for more resource officers in the nation’s schools.

According to documents released January 16 by the White House, the administration will give preference to applicants for COPS Hiring Grants who plan to use the grants to hire specially trained SROs (school resource officers).

In addition, the White House proposed a new Comprehensive School Safety program, which would give $150 million to school districts and law enforcement agencies to hire SROs, school psychologists, social workers, and counselors.

Quotes from Mo Canady, executive director, NASRO, Hoover, Alabama:

“The President’s proposals demonstrate that his administration fully understands the training and role of specially trained, carefully selected school resource officers. The White House proposals are right on target in this regard.”

“We’re happy that the President’s proposal does not mention armed guards. Instead, it refers only to specially trained school resource officers. There’s been a lot of confusion about armed guards recently and NASRO agrees that SROs are the only armed persons who should work on school campuses. To arm others, especially educators or volunteers, could be a recipe for disaster.”

“The president is absolutely correct to advocate for a comprehensive emergency management plan for every school. NASRO has helped schools develop such plans for years. We’re ready and eager to help the administration create model plans for schools.”

Background:

School-based police officers (also known as school resource officers) are specially trained, carefully selected, full-time law enforcement officers who work in schools as their primary assignments.

SROs are much more than armed guards. They develop relationships with students and staff and participate in the education of students.

SROs enhance, rather than detract from the learning environment. Students learn that the officers are their friends, not someone to fear.

NASRO is dedicated to providing the highest quality of training to school-based law enforcement officers in order to promote safer schools and safer kids.

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