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NRA calls for armed officers at all schools

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - For the first time since the deadly school shooting in Connecticut, the NRA is breaking its silence.

The nation's largest gun-rights lobby held a news conference on Friday in Washington D.C.  The group's vice president called for armed officers to be posted in every American school, as he put it, to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

"I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation," says Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President.  "And to do it now, to make sure blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in January."

In the Eau Claire school district, there are 20 schools including elementary, middle, high school and charter schools.  The Eau Claire Police Department says in order to put an armed officer at each school it would have to hire more staff.  Starting base salary for an Eau Claire police officer is almost $48,000.

Members of the NRA did not answer questions at Friday's conference.

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