The Washington Parent Teacher Association has officially opposed the NRA's idea of having armed guards in schools.

The National Rifle Association this week suggested for the protection and safety of teachers and students that armed guards be allowed to be used for security at schools.  This idea grew out of the fact that due to federal law, American schools are gun-free zones.

The NRA and others believe open knowledge of these "no weapons zones" has made colleges, universities, and public schools open targets for individuals who wish to do harm to people with firearms. The idea is well-trained, qualified armed guards would, they say, help make the schools more secure.

The PTA issued a statement saying they believe having armed police or guards at schools would make students feel "less safe" due to seeing the armed individuals.