SPEAK OUT: Should Teachers Be Armed?

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

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said 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."

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Hillary December 22, 2012 at 12:42 AM
What a retarded idea. I'd laugh in the face of anyone proposing such and absurd solution. You'd have to be brain dead to think this is a good move.
Edmund Lewis December 22, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Other than name calling, what do your offer in a way of a "good move?"
Edmund Lewis December 22, 2012 at 02:18 AM
There is no slippery slope under current law. Concealed carry permits are issued to citizens in order to legally carry concealed handguns. Citizens can not legally purchase or possess handguns under the age of 21. Even at T.C. the high schoolers are not 21 or older.
Karen Stallings December 25, 2012 at 01:24 PM
How can meeting violence with more violence be a good lesson to teach our children? They already see enough violence on tv, on their video games, in the news, it's all around them. No wonder these sick young men think it is acceptable to kill and maime in response to whatever wrong they feel has been done to them. Arming our school personnel is wrong on a moral level as well as a practical level. If the gun is properly secured, how could the teacher react quickly enough to prevent anything? If it is readily available, how can we keep our children safe from accidental use? It just makes no sense whatsoever to arm our whole populace and return to the good old days of the wild west. Look at the international statistics to understand that regulating the guns and the types of available ammunition is a sensible way to curb gun deaths.
Michael Cardin January 01, 2013 at 07:10 PM
It's about time that someone leads with some common sense. Gun deaths are not caused by legal gun owners and sane people. We use all kinds of constraints to keep mentally ill people away from guns and they get their hands on one because someone like the mom in CT and now we blame every gun owner. If the weapons were not in the house or locked up the young man would have looked elsewhere for a gun. He needed help and his mom did not do her job correctly. Now, if the teachers, a principal or a security officer were armed this could have been preventable. Legal guns can stop illegal gun users with one clean act of self defense....shoot to kill. We protect banks, court houses, stores and things...why not protect children? It is a very basic perspective. In every state that has promoted gun ownership and self defense the crime rate has gone down. I submit that before anyone legislates any new gun laws prove to us that they can stop criminals from using guns otherwise you are making people defenseless against illegal gun users.


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