Right now, today, every school in the United States should plan
meetings with parents, school administrators, teachers and local
authorities — and draw upon every resource available — to erect a
cordon of protection around our kids right now. Every school will have
a different solution based on its own unique situation.
Every school in America needs to immediately identify, dedicate and
deploy the resources necessary to put these security forces in place
right now. And the National Rifle Association, as America's preeminent
trainer of law enforcement and security personnel for the past 50
years, is ready, willing and uniquely qualified to help.
Our training programs are the most advanced in the world. That
expertise must be brought to bear to protect our schools and our
children now. We did it for the nation's defense industries and military
installations during World War II, and we'll do it for our schools today.
The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and
resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency
Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security
to building design and access control to information technology to
student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be
developed by the very best experts in their fields.
Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead this effort as National
Director of the National School Shield Program, with a budget provided
by the NRA of whatever scope the task requires. His experience as a
U.S. Attorney, Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency and
Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security will give him
the knowledge and expertise to hire the most knowledgeable and
credentialed experts available anywhere, to get this program up and
running from the first day forward.