School Climate & Safety

Senator: Arming Teachers Not a ‘Perfect’ Solution

By Liana Loewus — January 17, 2013 1 min read

In response to President Obama’s recent proposals and executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky—like some other legislators—is pushing the alternative idea of arming teachers. But his remarks in front of 75 businessmen and women in Oldham County could have been, well, better scripted. Regarding having teachers keep guns at their desks, here’s what he said (caught on tape by the Courier-Journal):

“Is it perfect? No. Would they always get the killer? No. Would an accident sometimes happen in the melee? Maybe. But nobody [at Sandy Hook Elementary School] had any defense ...”

The quote starts at about 1:50 below.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.