As Monday represented exactly one month since the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., "Piers Morgan Tonight" marked the sad occasion by continuing to encourage a national conversation on guns, firearm legislation, and school safety.
Joining the program for a live, primetime interview, Asa Hutchinson detailed some of the reasons behind the current NRA initiative to arm guards outside of America's educational institutions:
"My job is to come up with some good solutions to help our school districts and our states, to look at this. When the President comes out with his proposals, I do hope that he provides a federal partnership for providing funds for training of the armed presence in the schools to help our local school districts," said the former under-secretary of Homeland Security. "Right now, virtually every school district in America is looking at better ways to assure the safety of their children."
Noting that he can understand why many people would find the NRA's plan to seem sensible, Piers Morgan did express concern that weapons would send the wrong message, and create the wrong environment, for students and their communities:
"There is a fear that if you start loading up firearms around schoolchildren, all over America, what you're basically doing is militarizing schools. Where do you stop? You have to militarize almost everywhere that children may be, and that is everywhere," theorized Morgan. "So America becomes this kind of paramilitary country."
Hutchinson saw it differently:
"Piers, you're absolutely wrong," he stated. "We presently have resource officers that are armed, trained guards in about one-third of our schools. They're not military encampments. They're safe environments in which the children feel very secure around with that kind of protection."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Hutchinson and Morgan continue the debate on school safety and firearms, leaving the host to use a "chicken and egg" metaphor in describing America's gun issue.
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