No matter what Obama says about putting armed police officers in schools, the NRA keeps on criticizing him. The President announced 23 executive orders aimed at limiting gun violence today, even offering to fund armed police officers for schools that request them. But that still wasn't enough to meet the NRA's demands for more guns in schools, and the pro-gun group accused him of "ignoring children." Lost in all that shouting are the voices of people who'll actually work in such schools—the teachers. Like all Americans, teachers remain divided on this issue to a certain extent. The biggest teacher's union, the National Education Association, fully supported Obama's proposals today, but some teachers still want schools to remain gun-free zones and others want their own license to pack heat in the classroom.
Testifying in Congress today, Newtown Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson urged members of Congress to ban semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines, following a petition started by a local fourth grader named Ava. "This will prevent other communities from suffering like we are in Newtown," the young girl wrote. But Robinson also said that her community does want armed police in schools for the time being.