MTA President Paul Toner responds to NRA proposal to place armed guards in every school
The NRA’s proposal to bring armed guards into every school in our nation is impulsive and wrongheaded. Rather, our society must dedicate itself to reducing gun violence. We must seek sensible approaches to school safety and to ensuring that dangerous weapons such as assault rifles are strictly regulated so that there will never be another tragedy like the one that occurred in Newtown one week ago. The MTA believes that guns have no place in our schools. As we continue to mourn the Sandy Hook victims, Massachusetts educators remain fully committed to providing every child with a safe learning environment. In the days ahead, we expect to work with President Barack Obama, our congressional delegation and Governor Deval Patrick to advance reasonable proposals toward this goal. This will involve increasing access to mental health services and a focus on preventing bullying, as well as meaningful action to decrease gun violence.
The New York Times: N.R.A. Calls for Armed Guards in Schools to Deter Violence
National Rifle Association statement [video]