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Parents, Educators Aren't Quick To Embrace NRA Proposal

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A parent and community activist in Philadelphia has denounced the suggestion from the National Rifle Association that armed guards be placed in every school to prevent violence.

"This is not an Old West shootout," said Helen Gym, co-founder of Parents United for Public Education. "We're talking about an elementary school."

Philadelphia officials have debated and rejected the use of armed guards or police officers in city schools. The district instead relies on unarmed school police.

The superintendent of a school district in suburban New York said the solution to school violence isn't "to put more guns in the equation." He said that would place children "in the midst of potentially more gunfire."

According to the National Association of School Resource Officers, there are an estimated 10,000 of those officers - most of them armed and employed by police departments - currently in the nation's schools.

The NRA called for armed officers in schools at a press conference Friday, breaking its silence on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school.

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