President Barack Obama pushed back this morning against the National Rifle Association's proposal to put armed guards in schools.
Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Obama said that he hopes to get new U.S. gun-control measures passed during the first year of his second term. He's assigned Vice President Joe Biden to lead a task force at the beginning of 2013, following a massacre in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
"I am not going to prejudge the recommendations that are given to me. I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools," said Obama. "And I think the vast majority of the American people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem."
The NRA has blamed violent video games and movies for the massacre and rise in gun violence in the United States. It has also proposed developing and funding a "model national school shield emergency response program” for any school that desires it.