New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says posting armed guards outside classrooms won't make classrooms safer or encourage learning.

Governor's Office, Tim Larsen

The Republican governor's comments made Friday in Newark seem to run counter to a National Rifle Association proposal that armed police officers be stationed in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

Christie stopped short of commenting directly on the proposal by nation's largest gun-rights lobby, which he hadn't yet read.

The governor has also called for a thoughtful dialogue on gun violence, mental illness and exposure to violent video games.pot

The former federal prosecutor also says it's up to police to make sure New Jersey's gun laws, which are the second toughest in the country behind New York's, are enforced.

 

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