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Dec 22, 2012 Comments Off Pat Dollard

From the Political State blog on NorthJersey.com: Governor Chris Christie said he doesn’t agree that placing armed guards at every school in the state would help prevent tragedies like the Newtown, Conn. school shooting last week.

“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,” he said during an event in Newark Friday morning. “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.”

And he said he doesn’t like the idea of having multiple armed guards inside schools. “I don’t necessarily think having an armed guard outside every classroom is conducive to a positive learning environment,” he said.

Christie made the comment after being told the that the National Rifle Association was suggesting armed guards at schools. But he said his comments were not specific to the NRA because he had not seen the morning news conference.

“I don’t know the totality of the proposal so I’m not commenting on the NRA proposal in particular because I don’t know it yet,” he said.

But he added that schools should first and foremost be learning environments.

“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.”