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SPEAK OUT: Should Teachers Be Armed?

In interview on WTOP Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says idea should be explored.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said on Tuesday that it may be time to explore the idea of arming teachers and other school officials.

Del. Bob Marshall of the 13th district, which includes Manassas Park, has proposed a bill that would require schools to have some staff, certified in gun safety and competence, carry concealed weapons, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The Republican governor made his remarks in an interview Tuesday on WTOP. His remarks came during a discussion of the killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., on Friday.

The governor was asked: "What about the idea of allowing people — adults, supervisors, principals, teachers — to be armed inside the public schools of Virginia?"

"I know there's been a knee-jerk reaction against that," McDonnell said. "I think there should at least be a discussion about it."

"If people were armed, not just a police officer but other officials who were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there would have been an opportunity to stop aggressors from coming into a school."

"So I think that's a reasonable discussion that ought to be had," he said. "The key is don't overreact — really get to the bottom of what works and what can make a difference."

"If a person like that [principal in Connecticut] was armed and trained, could they have stopped the carnage in the classroom? Perhaps."

Do you agree with the governor? Tell us in the comments.

M. Edward Byrne December 21, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I think so, the bar to be an armed school staffer should be high, training and testing. Police Academy training and take those stupid "Gun Free" zone signs down they just tell killers that schools are a target rich and are no risk killing zone!
Sean Park December 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Unbelievable! I just can't except the idea of arming teachers with a weapon. Who to say that one of these teachers will not snap and go on a shooting spree! They are human after all! Because they are already in school when they snap first targets is going to be the kids. Law makers should really think about the consequence of this law before deciding to go through with it. All of the school shootings were average citizens that all of sudden snapped and not one were a criminal or terrorist!! Think about the consequences of passing this bill knowing that if for any reason one of those teachers end up shooting and killing our kids. Could you really sleep at night with that in your conscious? Better security system and procedures in-place when things like this happens will limit or prevent this type of incidents. Unfortunately these type of incidents are impossible to stop but I wish there was... God be with those families that had to endure these tragic situations. Know that the kids are now in safe place in heaven with God and with the memories of your love ones in your heart, they will be with you always.
M. Edward Byrne December 22, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Really, you trust the teachers with your children for 19110 hours (K-12) to teach them and provide guidance to them. I looked up how many teachers had killed mass numbers of students, None! How many teachers killed by students? Lots! Teachers and students killed by other students or outsiders? Lots! Are you seeing a pattern? You send Johnny to school and trust that Johnny will be taught, protected from bullies, you trust the teachers but you can’t trust them to save Johnny’s life? The police CAN’T be there fast enough to save anyone’s life! How about we really do something to protect our kids, certify a few (teacher/administration) adults to be armed and take down those stupid “Gun Free” zone signs.

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