Asa Hutchinson Outlines National School Shield Program at NRA Sandy Hook Press Conference

Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead the development of the NRA school shield program.

Each school, Hutchinson says, will make selections based on its specific needs, and can opt out of armed guards.

The program will rely on local volunteers, he says, not massive federal funding.

“I think there are people in every community in this country who would be happy to serve,” he said, “if only someone asked them and gave them the training.”

“The NRA is the obvious choice,” he says, to train armed volunteer school safety officers. 

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