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This post has been updated with the joint statement released by Superintendent José Banda and School Board President Kay Smith-Blum Friday afternoon.

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Seattle Public Schools Issues Response to NRA Press Conference on Newtown Tragedy

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This post has been updated with the joint statement released by Superintendent José Banda and School Board President Kay Smith-Blum Friday afternoon.

As you know, the NRA held a "press conference" this morning (you know, a press conference where questions weren't allowed) to address the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last week. Despite the levity of the situation, the words of NRA lobbyist Wayne LaPierre were predictably pathetic, blaming the media and the violence of video games, TV and movies for creating school shooters like Adam Lanza.

*See Also: Alan Gottlieb's Brilliant Idea for Stopping Future Massacres: Guns in Schools!

So what's the NRA's answer to unthinkable tragedies like the one in Newtown that shook our nation one week ago today? Perhaps improvements in mental health care and closing the loopholes that all too often allow madmen to get their hands on instruments of death? Of course not. Instead, LaPierre called for an armed volunteer guard to be stationed at every school in America.

You know, because more guns is obviously the answer.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," LaPierre said, invoking the kind of bullshit machismo that helped create America's devastating gun culture.

In response to the NRA's call for an armed volunteer guard at every school - a plan which Rep. Asa Hutchison, R-Ark will now take the lead on developing - Seattle Public Schools issued a say-nothing response this morning.

Here's the official statement from Seattle Public Schools:

We are forming a joint working group with the Seattle Police Department to study all recommendations for improving our school safety, and this effort will begin early in 2013. Together, we will formulate sustainable plans for implementing improved safety measures across the District.

The security of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we look forward to working with our staff and community partners to implement improved safety measures across the District.

While we all no doubt understand the PR game, it was highly disappointing not to see the phrase "the NRA proposal is complete bullshit" anywhere in the Seattle Public Schools statement.

Update, 4:30 p.m.: SPS Superintendent José Banda and School Board President Kay Smith-Blum just issued an updated response to the NRA's proposal:

The safety of our students and schools is of utmost importance to us. Our schools have a zero-tolerance policy on weapons on school grounds. We do not believe adding guns to our schools will accomplish the goal of keeping our students safer.

We agree with Governor Gregoire and President Obama calling for action, including a ban on assault weapons. Further, as a community, we must have deeper conversations about the availability of weapons and the amount of violence our children are exposed to on a daily basis.

There will be solutions moving forward from last week's tragedy. We are forming a joint working group with the Seattle Police Department and our community to develop recommendations for improving school safety.

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