2 States Consider Arming Teachers
Proposed bills in Va., Tenn. would require armed staffers at schools
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2012 1:54 PM CST
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(Newser) – In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, at least two states are considering not fewer guns but more guns: Virginia and Tennessee are considering arming their teachers.

  • A Virginia state delegate is proposing a bill that would require some members of school staff to carry guns, the Washington Post reports. Robert G. Marshall's bill is in direct response to the recent rampage, and he proposed it after Gov. Bob McDonnell first brought up the idea of allowing school staff to carry concealed weapons. Under Marshall's proposed law, gun-toting employees would need to have permits and be certified in safety. Concealed carry is currently legal in Virginia, but not at schools.

  • In Tennessee, State Sen. Frank Niceley plans to introduce a similar bill. His would require all schools to have at least one armed staffer, preferably a secretly-armed teacher—so that a gunman wouldn't know who was armed. The bill would also allow schools to pay to train such teachers. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he's open to discussing the idea in January during a planned school safety conference, Talking Points Memo reports.

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BMUSTIN
Dec 21, 2012 2:26 PM CST
This is going to be my last post here. As I was writing my wife came in and showed me the latest issue of People magazine with photos of all the children on it. It made me feel sick inside, not only for their deaths but for what their parents must be going through. There is nothing more to be said here. I have tried to be respectful, informative and fair in my posts. Unfortunately not everyone here has tried to do the same. At the low end are the remarks with adjectives like stupid, insane, crazy. At the high end are the psyhcotics and bullies who resort to ranting and cursing. And in all fairness the attitude by the other side that there can only be their way. No consideration of the rights and opinions of others. Again this applies to only some here. I can certainly appreciate the concerns of the many here. Guns are always potentially dangerous by their nature. But they do have a good side- self defense, and that cannot be ignored. My bottom line is that a teacher with a gun could have made a big difference. Those who wish be armed should be allowed to. Yes, it is a shame that our society has come down to this but it has. I, as a parent, would be happy to know that my child is protected by an armed teacher.
sanitynow
Dec 21, 2012 11:44 AM CST
Arming teachers is absurd. What is statistically proven and predictable if such legislation is passed, is that the frequency of gun accidents, guns being lost or stolen and thus falling into students' hands, and other gun-related threats would unnecessarily expose our children to a much greater danger. Furthermore, do we really want our kids staring at ARMED teachers all day long? What might this do them psychologically, perhaps to undermine their perception of safety if we create a world that looks so scary that teachers in ostensibly safe places like schools must now be armed. As tragic as school shootings are, they are statistical aberrations and very rare. We would do much better to address the recent horrors by enhancing our community mental health capacity and scope so that when people such as the gunman - whose victim/mom told people her son was getting harder to handle in the weeks preceding the shooting - can be properly screened, assessed, and treated.Arming teachers is a foolhardy measure proposed by fools seeking to appeal to a hard-line and short-sighted constituency.
mikes46
Dec 21, 2012 9:57 AM CST
You don't have to arm a Teachers or Staff members, just get some official, qualified Security Guards, not some 18 year old kid or some over weight 70 year old Retire, armed or not, they can stop or slow a threat, the Teachers and kids had to hide in closets and under desks in fear as they heard others being shot and the shooter didn't even own those guns, he stole them from his Mom...