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Experts: Trained police needed for school security

WASHINGTON (AP) - When a student fired a shotgun through the windows of a California high school to start an attack in 2001, Rich Agundez was ready. The El Cajon police officer was assigned to the school and wounded the shooter before the student could get inside the building.

While the National Rifle Association envisions armed volunteers in every school, Agundez, school safety experts and school board members say there's a huge difference between a trained officer who becomes part of the school family and a guard with a gun.

The NRA's proposal has sparked a debate across the country as gun control rises once again as a national issue.

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