Groups not typically associated with the debate over gun rights have taken a strong interest in the proposals that the White House put forward. Civil rights activists, mayors, psychiatrists, scientists and teachers are among those who plan to dispatch lobbyists to try and shape the debate.
The NAACP Legal and Educational Fund is similarly critical of the security initiative. Leslie Proll, director of the group’s Washington office, said more cops in schools would not reduce gun violence.
“What we are going to try to do on the Hill is to steer legislators away from the idea that an increased police presence in schools is an effective remedy to reducing gun violence,” Proll said.