Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has proposed a plan to train and arm one administrator or teacher in each school as a way to prevent another shooting like the one in Newtown, Connecticut earlier this month.
In a statement Wednesday, Horne said that Arizona schools that do not already have police officers on campus could have a principal or educator trained to handle firearms, to take care of emergency situations, and keep the gun locked up in a secure place at the school.
On Friday, National Rifle Association chief executive also proposed putting “armed police officers in every single school in this nation,” in response to the Sandy Hook school shootings.
On December 14, twenty children and six adults were fatally shot by a gunman -- who later killed himself -- at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town of Newtown in the US state of Connecticut. Earlier in the day, the assailant had killed his mother in another location.
There have been reports that the twenty-year-old killer, Adam Lanza, suffered from a personality disorder, was on the antidepressant Prozac, and was fond of first-person shooter games.
The US averages 87 gun deaths each day as a function of gun violence, with an average of 183 injured, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Centers for Disease Control.
The year 2012 has been a record-setting year for gun sales in the US.
About 4.5 million firearms are sold annually in the United States at a cost of 2 to 3 billion dollars.