Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Texas Governor Wants To Allow Concealed Weapons In Classrooms

Yikes. The Houston Chronicle reports that Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) wants to allow school districts to set their own gun rules:
"I'm pretty much a fan that if you've been trained, if you are registered, then you ought to be able to carry a weapon," Perry said.
The idea is that, in the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, having trained, gun-bearing adults on school campuses would help to quickly bring any similar future massacres to a halt. Or something. I'm not an expert on this, but my guess is that most school shootings are not Virginia Tech-style massacres, but rather one-on-one confrontations between students who aren't getting along. If that is true, I fail to see how having more guns (legal though they may be) on school campuses - particularly, grade school campuses - makes children safer. It also seems like school districts would potentially open themselves up to all kinds of legal problems by allowing guns in the classroom. All it takes is one teacher failing to lock up his or her gun, and a curious student or group of students.

via Andrew Sullivan

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