To the editor: As I listened to and read the recent torrent of bad news about the shooting calamities around the country I thought, “There’s got to be the expertise on firearms and gun safety in this country to put together concrete ways ‘on the ground’ to head off such disasters, especially in schools.” But I’d heard no mention of such efforts.
Just a few days later, I ran across a story of just such a program in a magazine. The program is called National School Shield. It has been in place since 2012, and since 2015 has been used in schools in 11 states, including Alaska.
According to the article, a main feature of the National School Shield plan is promoting collaboration between schools, police departments and other local stakeholders in evaluating a school’s preparedness to deal with threats to students and staff safety and how to reduce the risk of such threats.
The program involved is called Security Assessor Training. The program is available to “any American school that needs immediate professional consultation and help with organizing and defining (security) solutions.”
And who is providing the National School Shield consultation? The largest and most active promoter of safe, legal uses of firearms in the country. The National Rifle Association. Funding is available on request from schools to the NRA Foundation. Contact www.nationalschoolshield.org or call 814-467-7723.