Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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Marshall professors publish journal article focusing on the NRA’s ‘National School Shield’ proposal

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two faculty members in Marshall University’s Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology have written an article in a national publication examining the National Rifle Association’s “National School Shield” proposal to place armed guards in every U.S. school.

The Marshall professors, Dr. Angela D. Crews and Dr. Gordon A. Crews, along with co-author Dr. Catherine E. Burton of The Citadel, wrote the article titled “The Only Thing That Stops a Guy with a Bad Policy is a Guy with a Good Policy:  An Examination of the NRA’s ‘National School Shield’ Proposal” for the March issue of the American Journal of Criminal Justice.

In the article, the authors looked at the NRA’s proposal for an education and training emergency response program called “The National School Shield,” which advocates the placement of armed security in schools. They studied the proposal’s key elements from a public policy perspective and determined the NRA program would be expensive in terms of both implementation and civil and/or criminal liability, would increase juvenile contact with the criminal justice system, would increase the potential for injuries and deaths from firearms, and would potentially only seem to increase profits for those invested in security industries.

The article concluded that more potentially effective and safe policy alternatives are available.

Earlier this month, Angela Crews and Gordon  Crews were in Washington, D.C., where they met  U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and discussed with members of his legislative staff current research they are doing on school violence.

They presented the initial results of their school violence research at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference last week in Dallas and also participated in the recent Firearms Forum sponsored by the Marshall University Student Government Association.

Information about the journal article can be found on the publisher’s website at

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