Arkansas Republican gubernatorial hopeful and former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson says school safety should be a fundamental part of an adequate education for students.
Hutchinson made the comments Wednesday when he spoke to members of the National Lieutenant Governors Association during a gathering in Little Rock.
Hutchinson was named the head of a National Rifle Association committee studying ways to improve classroom safety after 20 children and six educators were fatally shot at a Connecticut school.
Hutchinson, Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman and state Rep. Debra Hobbs are seeking the GOP nomination for governor in Arkansas. Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is seeking the Democratic nomination.
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe is term-limited and can't seek re-election next year. Hutchinson ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 and lost to Beebe.