REPORT: NRA makes announcement on school safety grants
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The National Rifle Association announced on Monday it awarded over $600,000 worth of grants to support local school security projects across the United States.
The gun rights group said its 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation gave 54 grants to schools in 23 states in order to forward the goals of its School Shield program. The grant program includes public as well as private schools that teach students from kindergarten to 12th grade. The group said the grants were provided to those who applied for them in order to implement “industry best practices in security infrastructure, technology, personnel, training, and policy.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The NRA said the grants will be used for a number of different purposes depending on the school’s needs. The money may go toward building renovations focused on increasing security, improving communications systems, or providing emergency medical kits and live-saving training. The group said it’s all part of an effort to provide real-world solutions to the threat of attacks on schools.
“The NRA is proud to be at a forefront of providing meaningful solutions to safeguard our nation’s schools,” Oliver North, NRA president, said in a statement. “Protecting our most precious resource—our children—with substantive measures that work should be the top priority for all Americans. Thanks to the generous support of NRA members, many schools will now have the necessary funding to enhance their security.”
NRA is putting money down to help keep kids safe. Where are Moms Demand Action’s grants? Where is Everytown for Gun Safety’s grants? Where are the Giffords grants?
They don’t actually care about keeping kids safe. They just want to take away your guns. https://t.co/KKIlomg5O9
— Tim Gradous (@tgradous) September 11, 2018
The group said that funding for school security projects has been a consistent problem and that the NRA could help those schools willing to work with them.
“Funding is a persistent challenge in most communities,” John Perren, senior adviser to the NRA executive vice president, said. “By working closely with our dedicated field staff, we were able to initiate this first national grant cycle and look forward to growing this critical element of the program for many years to come.”
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