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Virginia State Delegate: Some School Staff Should Carry Guns

In response to the shootings at a school in Connecticut, state Del. Bob Marshall has a proposal to arm some teachers.

Lawmakers nationwide are discussing the possibility of enacting tighter gun control laws after the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

But in Virginia, one local legislator has proposed that some school staff be required to bear arms.

Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has proposed a bill that would require schools to have some staff, certified in gun safety and competence, carry concealed weapons, according to The Washington Post.

His proposal comes on the heels of Gov. Bob McDonnell's comments on WTOP that the state should consider allowing teachers to carry weapons in schools.

Marshall's proposal takes the idea a step farther, ordering schools to arm some staff members.

Gun control and schools are very much on the minds of state legislators across the country. Michigan's governor on Tuesday vetoed a proposal to allow gun owners with additional training to openly carry weapons in schools and other no-carry zones. A South Carolina legislator also filed a bill to allow school employees with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons to their school. And a Missouri legislator filed a similar bill this week. 

Speak out: What do you think about concealed weapons in schools? Does it make students more or less safe?

rbud December 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Teachers are teachers, not police. Any armed personnel in schools should be police trained and specially trained for discipline and crime in schools. If I were to discover that a teacher was carrying a gun my kids would be out of that school in a heartbeat. The last thing we need is teachers, who are already stressed, loosing their tempers and shooting an unruly student in the heat of a stressful moment. Or, a student grabbing a teacher's gun and start firing. It will happen, count on it. I'd support fully having specially trained police stationed in schools. Many school districts already do this. But not teachers. Not educators. Frankly, I can't imagine any rational teacher wanting that responsibility.

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