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States Consider Arming Teachers

A movement to arm teachers is gaining traction across the country in the aftermath of the Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 children and six adults. Free firearms safety training courses for teachers are popping up in a handful of states and are filling up fast, and some lawmakers are saying that allowing teachers or administrators to carry concealed weapons might be a good idea. Teachers unions, though, are saying no way. “Putting more guns in our public schools is not going to make our kids safer,” said Rich Wood, Washington Education Association president. “Arming our teachers is not the answer.” Bills to allow teachers to be armed have been proposed in nine states: Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. ... No bill has been proposed in Idaho, though Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “I am hearing about teachers who would like the option to carry weapons”/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here.

Question: Should states allow school teachers to bear arms in the classroom?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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