New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Friday said he disagrees with the idea of putting armed guards in schools, saying there should be better ways to ensure student safety.
“In general I don’t think that the solution to safety in schools is putting an armed guard because for it to be really effective in my view, from a law enforcement perspective, you have to have an armed guard at every classroom,” Christie said, according to NorthJersey.com. “Because if you just have an armed guard at the front door then what if this guy had gone around to the side door? There’s many doors in and out of schools.”
Christie was responding to reports of the National Rifle Association’s call earlier in the day for armed security in schools. He said he doesn’t “necessarily think having an armed guard outside every classroom is conducive to a positive learning environment.”
“You don’t want to make this an armed camp for kids,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a positive example for children. We should be able to figure out other ways to enhance safety.”
The NRA’s call Friday came one week after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 students and six staff members dead.