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Retired Metro cop: 'Armed officers at all schools is unlikely'

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The National Rifle Association is calling for armed guards at every school in the country. One Metro retired police officer said the chances of it happening in Clark County is slim. The cash-strapped school district has 357 schools and it would take millions of dollars to have an officer at every one.

Clark County School District Police said more than 200 officers were assigned to schools on Friday amid rumors of copycats following the Newtown shooting.

"Everything has been pretty quiet," said Capt. Ken Young of CCSD Police. "We haven't had any incidences at this point."

The head of the NRA called for armed officers to combat gun violence in schools at a press conference on Friday.

Chris Bair who is a grandparent of three school-aged children said it's a good idea but not the solution.

"They are taking an easy way out in my opinion," said Bair. "They are basically saying guns aren't the problem it's the people. You can put someone there and you might slow it down but it doesn't mean you'll stop it."

Bair said the NRA's solution could lead to more problems.

"You pay him now," said Bair. "You've got to pay someone to control him and hire a bunch of people. It's a big bureaucracy when you're done."

CCSD Police wouldn't comment on if they plan to look into NRA's recommendation.

"The NRA has its opinions and that's where it is at this particular point," said Young.

Metro retired police officer Randy Sutton said it's not practical since it would take what he calls a small army to be at every school.

"You may very well provide some security," said Sutton. "However for a committed shooting they can still go onto the campus and they can still do a lot of damage before they were neutralized by a security officer."

Sutton said taxpayers may decide if they want to pay for more officers at schools. Right now there are two officers stationed at every Clark County high school but not at elementary and middle schools.

Police said while they don't have exact numbers attendance was significantly down at schools on Friday. They believe it's a combination of parent and student concerns as well as it being the start of winter break.

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