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– Alex Pappas (Daily Caller)

In the aftermath of the Newtown elementary school massacre, the leaders of the National Rifle Association took criticism for suggesting armed police officers belong at schools across the country.

On Friday, a Republican lawmaker plans to run with the idea and introduce a bill in the House of Representatives that would help turn the NRA’s proposal into reality.

“Congress cannot allow tragedies like Newtown to take place without taking action,” North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said in a letter distributed to his colleagues and obtained by The Daily Caller.(RELATED: Top Obama strategist rips “delusional” NRA op-ed in TheDC)

The Protect America’s Schools Act — which the National Rifle Association supports — would require the government to spend $30 million a year to fund the Cops in Schools grant program.

Meadows is proposing offsetting this increase in government spending by taking $30 million in unspent funds from the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“In light of the recent atrocities which have taken place, it is time for Congress to take action to assist our law enforcement in protecting future generations,” Meadows said. “We must find solutions that will directly prevent these incidents.” Read more of the article here.