MN Education President Responds to NRA Proposal

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MN Education President Responds to NRA Proposal

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 22, 2012 at 2:08 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota's top education official responded to the National Rifle Association proposal Friday saying the solution to gun violence is not to put more guns in school.

In a statement by Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher, he stressed the importance of improving mental health infrastructure for Minnesota students.

"We’re not talking enough about identifying and treating the mental illness that turns kids into killers,” Dooher said. “We need to improve the mental health infrastructure for Minnesota students by reducing one of the worst counselor-to-student ratios in the United States, hiring more psychologists and social workers and improving access to community-based therapists.”

He added if there is no other choice than involving more guns, educators agree weapons should be in the hands of trained police officers.

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