Columnist on NRA Proposal: 'So Much Smoke, So Many Mirrors'

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It didn't take long for school and public officials to push back against Friday's proposal from the National Rifle Association to put more guns, not fewer, in the nation's schools.

A week after a gunman entered Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 20 children and six adults, the NRA announced what it said is the best way to prevent another such crime: Put an armed police officer or armed volunteers in every school in the nation.

"Guns have no place in our schools. Period," the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers said in a joint statement. "We must do everything we can to reduce the possibility of any gunfire in schools, and concentrate on ways to keep all guns off school property and ensure the safety of children and school employees."

While not commenting directly on the NRA proposal, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that posting armed guards outside schools would not make classrooms safer or encourage learning. Guards would have to be stationed by every classroom, he said, since there are multiple ways to get into a school building.

In this morning's New York Times, op-ed columnist Charles Blow called Friday's NRA press conference "an appalling display of deflection and deception. So much smoke and so many mirrors."

Blow points to an analysis, published earlier this year, from the Violence Policy Center that found that "states with low gun ownership rates and strong gun laws have the lowest rates of gun death."

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