School districts in Pennsylvania, Alabama, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have hired armed officers in the weeks since the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Free Beacon has found.

Additionally, schools in Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, and New York are in the process of hiring armed officers or recommending they be placed in schools.

Vice President Joe Biden will present his recommendations on school safety to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Reports indicate that the Obama administration will seek to tighten gun control laws.

“Although school shootings are very rare, they are unpredictable and they always occur in communities where people say it would never happen here,” said Arab City School District superintendent John Mullins. His district in Alabama hired three additional armed school resource officers recently, placing armed officers in each of the district’s four schools.

“When it comes to the safety and well-being of our children, there is no price too high,” he said. The district allocated $66,000 of its $20 million budget for armed officers because they “seem to be a powerful deterrent from being victimized by an irrational violent person.”’

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