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Parents back NRA call for school guards

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One week after 20 first-graders and six adults were killed by an armed gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the nation's most powerful gun organization presented their plan to halt school shootings.

"With all the foreign aid the U.S. does, with all the money in the federal budget, can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school?" said the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre.

LaPierre says the best way to fight fire is with fire.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," continued LaPierre.

Democrats in Washington say more guns in schools are not the answer.

"For the NRA and others to sort of shield themselves by saying it's mentally ill or something and therefore we have to have more armed cops in the schools or more guns in the schools, what do they know?" said U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi.

Some parents picking up their kids at Pierce Middle School in Tampa say they're not sure the NRA plan is a bad one.

"I think it's great. It's the best thing that they can come up with," said parent Itania Guillen.

Bettina Meszaros was picking up her 13-year-old daughter from Pierce. She says armed guards in every school is a no-brainier.

"I think that's a very good idea so the kids feel safe and the parents as well," said Meszaros.

All high schools and middle schools in Hillsborough County do have armed school resource officers and the district says about 20 elementary schools have armed guards as well.

The NRA says that type of plan will no doubt keep kids safe.

Many Tampa parents say they're right.

"As far as security guards, I think that's the number-one thing that they should do," added Guillen.

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