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Marshall: Some School Staff Should Carry Guns

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

National legislators are discussing the possibility of enacting tighter gun control laws after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

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

Del. Bob Marshall (13th district) 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.

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

Gun control and schools are very much on the minds of state legislators across the nation. 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?

Bruce Gentile December 22, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Most of the conversation seems to be limited to school incidents and mentally ill people. In the U.S. we send more than 200 people per day to emergency rooms with gunshot wounds and average about 85 deaths daily from gunshot wounds. This isn't just from criminal acts, it also includes accidents and suicides. Mass shootings incidents aren't limited to schools. We see them regularly in shopping malls, businesses, churches and theaters. From 1993 to 2000 deaths from guns dropped significantly. Since 2000 there has been a gradual increase in the number of gun related deaths almost every year. There is no one solution that will eliminate this problem, but there is one consistent factor in all of the incidents - GUNS.
MarieS December 22, 2012 at 11:56 PM
"There have been many instances that a would-be mass murderer has been stopped due to the quick action of a citizen carrying a concealed weapon." Really? Name some.
MarieS December 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Actual information and real data don't agree. For example, check out this video: http://www.nogunsoncampusva.com/
MC December 23, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Bob Marshall is serving his 7th term in office. He won by 59.58%. Next election is in 2013. He is the same legislator that said "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically, Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children." He needs to go!!
shawn anes December 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM
wow marie s. you won't send your child to a school where people are armed but you will let them go to a school where the people have no way at all to protect your child from the armed.???? Better keep your children from malls, banks, disney world, and all other places where there are minimally trained people with guns. There called security guards. But hey they took a class and have a cool shiny badge.

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