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

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

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.

Jill Stoner January 15, 2013 at 06:45 PM
If you do not think teachers should be armed, please sign this petition to register your voice in the national conversation. http://signon.org/sign/tags-teachers-against
Jill Stoner January 15, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Please sign the petition "TAGS: teachers against guns in schools", to register your voice in the national conversation. And share with colleagues who may also want to sign. If you do not think teachers should be armed, please sign this petition to register your voice. http://signon.org/sign/tags-teachers-against
joe brewer January 15, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Where is the petition I can sign to arm the teachers?
spriteorange January 29, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Are u sarcastic? or serious?
spriteorange January 29, 2013 at 02:29 PM
R u sarcastic? Or serious?

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