Debate Stirred on Arming Teachers, School Staff
In the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School , several prominent voices, including former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, have argued that allowing teachers and principals to carry firearms could prevent such incidents.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, said Dec. 17 that permits to carry concealed weapons should be valid on school grounds. Firearms are currently prohibited on public and private school property and school vehicles in his state. Another Republican, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, told Washington’s WTOP radio Dec. 18 that it was time to have a “discussion” about having armed school staff members.
And lawmakers in Oklahoma say they plan to introduce legislation to let school staff members arm themselves, and possibly to make school...
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