HARRISONBURG -- The National Rifle Association released suggestions on ways to keep schools safer. The group is urging teachers and staff to be armed. If the NRA's suggestions go through,teachers would be able to hold guns and protect their students.
James Madison University junior Dan Oliver said gun regulation should be restricted more but is willing to hear new polices.
"Teachers having guns that's not a problem for me or something I would rather them have, but I'm open to it...maybe...just to see how the policies are. Most likely I would not want that to happen," said Oliver.
Junior Renna Wirchin said it worries her that society has come to a point where it's considering these options. She thinks taking precautions is very important.
"To know that a teacher would have a gun on them. I would feel safe but at the same time I would be worried that would have to be a case in general. But at the end of the day I know it's so important," said Wirchin.
If the U.S. Government decides to listen to the NRA's recommendations, teachers and staff would have to take a safety training course that may take up to 60 hours to complete. A group called Rachel's Challenge tours across the country promoting different ways to fight school violence.
It was created to tell the story of a girl who died during the Columbine shootings. Speaker Daryn Jackson said it's the little things that truly make a difference.
"If we are kind to one another, than so much pain and tragedy can be averted, and the world can be a better place. The families can be better. And our schools can be better," said Jackson.
The NRA also made recommendations to change other security measures at schools such as cameras, fences and locks.