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Local parents react to NRA plan to put armed guards in schools

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Gun control has been a hotly-debated topic since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut, with many calling for stricter gun laws and the NRA now asking for armed guards at every school.

"If a good guy with a gun had been there he might have been able to stop him," NRA CEO Wayne Lapierre has said.

He reaffirmed those thoughts Sunday morning on Meet the Press, when he again brought up putting an armed guard at every school in America. Since the NRA unveiled this idea in a Friday statement, opinions have been flying.

"I think it's not a bad idea because I think we have to protect ourselves from the criminals who can get their hands on guns," local mom Angela Pica says.

Even though the NRA says its plan is to make sure every guard is properly trained, some say it's simply crazy to put more guns near schools.

"I don't think it's a good idea because the important issue is gun control. I just, even before the Connecticut shootings, I believe what I've always believed, that we need stricter gun control laws," parent Gina Chirichella says.

Many people believe the idea is too outrageous and extreme, but some parents we found around town today say it's simply a way of life where they're from.

"I come from New York and in New York all the schools in New York City, it's nothing to brag about, but they all have armed police officers and metal detectors in the schools basically because of that reason," says Peter Pica.

Jeri Bonavia, Executive Director for the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, knows armed guards are nothing new. But she says time and time again history has shown it's not the answer.

"There was an armed guard at Columbine and there were obviously armed personnel at the Fort Hood shooting. There's an armed police force at Virginia Tech. It's not like that idea is somehow new," Bonavia says.

The National Rifle Association calls the idea simple but effective. Time will tell if lawmakers agree.

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