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There are an estimated 10,000 police officers on school campuses around the country, most of them armed -- including here in Phoenix.

But the NRA wants them on all school campuses, saying it would prevent shootings on campus. We talked to school leaders about that idea today.

The NRA's proposal of having armed officers on school campuses took some school leaders by surprise.

"Personally I was a little bit taken aback with the solution being proposed that we need more guns -- and more guns in schools," says Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Balsz School District Superintendent.

Dr. Smith says keeping the district's 2,800 students safe is a top priority.

"We take it very seriously. We are here, we are the parents in charge of these kids when they're with us. And that means we do whatever it takes to keep our kids safe."

There are no guns allowed on the campuses in the Balsz school district and every school has a locked gate around the perimeter to try and keep strangers out.

There are also surveillance cameras and self-locking doors on all five campuses. Dr. Smith calls them layers of protection.

"Parents want to know their kids are safe. And our parents have expressed a lot of confidence in what we're doing."

Arizona Representative Chad Campbell is backing a plan to restore funding for armed school resource officers on school campuses.

"I don't know if it will deter somebody, but maybe there will be quicker response times. Maybe there will be less people injured or less people harmed or killed if there's somebody there to react more quickly," says Rep. Chad Campbell, Democrat.

Campbell says he agrees with the NRA's plan and will introduce legislation to restore funding for the school resource officer program -- which has been cut almost in half since 2009.

"This is just one piece of a very, very big puzzle we have to put together. But the bottom line is we need to take every precaution possible to try to prevent what happened last week from happening again."

Campbell said the challenge will be getting the money to pay for the extra security -- since most cities wouldn't be able to afford the extra cost for an officer at each school.

Meanwhile, some top democrats in Congress lashed out at the NRA's plan, saying the organization is trying to point the finger at others.

"But for the NRA and others to sort of shield themselves by saying its mentally ill or something and therefore we have to have more armed cops in the schools or more guns in the schools, what do they know? On the teacher's desk... oh wait a minute man with a gun. I have it locked up someplace, wait until I go get it, it just doesn't make sense," says Rep. Nancy Pelosi House Democratic Leader.

The president, meantime, released a video saying he has received an outpouring of support for stricter gun regulations.

He called on Congress to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips.

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