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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Topic - Asa Hutchinson
In the absence of a clear agenda from a Congress widely labeled as dysfunctional, Republican governors used their annual meeting to identify broad policies they believe the nation needs to embrace, ranging from education, public employee-pension and tax reform to regulatory relief, transportation and energy infrastructure.
The Obama administration took to the airwaves Sunday morning to call on Republicans to back the president's plan for gun control.
Four months after the Sandy Hook school shooting, a task force set up by the National Rifle Association issued a school safety report Tuesday that calls for more trained and armed personnel on school grounds, arguing the faster someone responds with a gun during an attack, the more lives can be saved.
The National Rifle Association does not plan to support any new gun control measures in the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., the head of the organization said Sunday, arguing that the government should vigorously enforce laws already on the books and reiterating the group's push for more armed guards in schools as part of the solution.
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The executive vice president of the National Rifle Association on Friday called for Congress to pass legislation and funding that would placed armed officers in every school in the country, indicating the group will go its own route in addressing the national furor over gun violence in schools in the wake of last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school.
A former director of the Drug Enforcement Administration warned federal officials shortly after the September 11 attacks that violent drug cartels from Mexico were teaming with Muslim gangs to fund terrorist organizations overseas.
He said he also believes that education "is a vital part of the job creation equation and I am committed to creating a world-class education system in Arkansas."
Echoing what virtually everyone one of the assembled governors said at one point or another at this two-day conference, Mr. Hutchinson, also a former U.S. House member, said his "number one priority is job creation and growing the economy in Arkansas. I just proposed a middle class income tax reduction plan that I believe will spur economic growth."