WASHINGTON (April 2, 2013)--A National Rifle Association-sponsored study recommends that schools across the nation each train and arm at least one staff member.
Former Arkansas Republican Rep. Asa Hutchinson headed the study, which made eight recommendations that included online assessments that schools would make of their safety procedures.
Hutchinson said the NRA dropped an earlier recommendation that retired police officers and other volunteers be armed to provide school safety.
School superintendents opposed the idea, he said.
The NRA announced its plan at a news conference a week before the Senate begins debating gun control legislation.
The group opposes the main component of that bill, which is the expansion of background checks to cover nearly all purchases of firearms.
Hutchinson said the 225-page study cost $1 million.
The American Federation of Teachers denounced the recommendation.
The head of the teachers' group called the idea a "cruel hoax" that won't protect children and schools.
The head of the AFT, which represents 1.5 million teachers and other workers, says the proposal is simply aimed at helping gun manufacturers.