24 Dec 2012 10:46 AM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (Image Source: Bob Jagendorf / Flickr / Wikimedia Commons)
Following National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s controversial remarks regarding gun safety in the aftermath of the horrific massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., many politicians have come forward to speak out against the nation's largest gun lobby.
One of LaPierre’s most polarizing comments regarding placing armed guards inside schools nationwide, something New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, as well as many others, adamantly disagreed with.
“Listen I don’t necessarily think having an armed guard outside every classroom is conducive to a positive learning environment,” Christie said at a press conference in the state's capital of Newark. “But let me just say in general I don’t think that the solution to safety in schools is putting [in] armed guard—because for it to be really effective in my view, from a law enforcement perspective, you’d have to have an armed guard outside every classroom.”
“So, I don’t know the totality of the proposal,” he continued, “so I’m not commenting on the NRA proposal in particular because I don’t know it yet, but I am not someone who believes that having multiple armed guards in every school is something that will enhance the learning environment, and that’s our first responsibility inside of school, is the learning environment.”
“You don’t want to make this an armed camp for kids. I don’t think that’s a positive example for children. We should be able to figure out some other ways to enhance safety it seems to me. I think that’s the easy way out.”