Friday, March 8, 2013

NRA Names Asa Hutchinson to Lead Program Calling for Armed Police in Every School

Asa Hutchinson
Arkansas Business:  Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson on Friday was named the head of a National Rifle Association effort to push for armed officers in the nation's schools, a move that could bolster the Arkansas Republican's conservative credentials as he prepares for a potential 2014 bid for governor.

The NRA announced that Hutchinson would lead a program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers. The effort was part of the gun lobby's response to the shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school last week that left 26 children and staff dead. . . .

Hutchinson said NRA board members reached out to him about the effort. He said he agreed once he was certain that it would be independent in developing its recommendations on school security.

Hutchinson, a former federal Homeland Security official, is considering a run for Arkansas governor in 2014 and is expected to announce his decision in January. He said the new NRA effort won't affect his decision on the race for the state's top office. . . .  [Full Story]

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