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Bill would allow guns in schools

Teachers could carry concealed weapons

January 9, 2013

Teachers and school personnel across the Commonwealth could be packing a lot more than a lunch when they head to school. State Rep....

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writer10

Jan-09-13 2:09 AM

This will be all fine and dandy until the day comes that an armed teacher just can't take it any more. My idea would be to have guns positioned in various areas of the schools in which assigned teachers are given the keys. Each weapon would require two keys to unluck, thus for eliminating direct access to a single individual.

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Eaglewatcher

Jan-09-13 7:56 AM

As a former teacher, I am absolutely against teachers having guns in school. I did not mind buying supplies for school. I did not mind getting more education and additional training to teach better. Who buys the gun? Who pays for the training? Who helps the teacher if he or she kills a student or staff by a stray bullet shot from his or her gun? Let's solve the problem with better education and more counselors. When I went into teaching I wanted the help students gain skills to help them and society not to learn how to use a gun and kill people.

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TJR63PA

Jan-09-13 9:25 AM

I support this. Not mandatory. Just like airline pilots, optional, with proper training and awareness by school officials.

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BrookP

Jan-09-13 11:57 AM

This is one of the most moronic things I have ever witnessed. Teachers didn't sign on to be security guards. Their desire is to teach young minds and help them grow with knowledge, not be police. My child would absolutely not be allowed to attend any school where half the teachers are "packing." That is a massive recipe for disaster. I thought we got rid of the Wild Wild West. Do you know how easy it would be for a couple of students to overpower a teacher and take the gun? Yeah, so let's just make better access to guns. That is stupid. Not to mention accidental discharges, teacher getting sick and losing control of the firearm, or a teacher having a bad day. No school district that allows this will ever see my child, again. And, no politician that backs this will ever get my vote.

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BrookP

Jan-09-13 12:30 PM

akabadboy, I think your disagreers are saying that they wished you hadn't brought up a valid point.

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BrookP

Jan-09-13 12:34 PM

And in case any school district administration is reading this post, I will hold you personally responsible for any firearm that you allow on school property.

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Riggle

Jan-09-13 3:55 PM

Not even interested in commenting on either Rapp's or the other idiot legislator's comments. Both of these creeps desperately need to be voted out of office. Both of them are obviously looking at the situation as a way to garner votes. Disgusting.

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change4us

Jan-09-13 9:14 PM

Brook P...Did you grow up in a house with guns? Did you ever loose your temper at home? So I'm assuming you went right to the gun cabinet and starting shooting everything in sight. Of course not. When a teacher smells smoke, they don't break the window and start throwing kids out. They rely on their training and drills set in place. If a teacher is willing to accept this added responsibility to help protect your child, I think you should be flattered. I hope the teachers at your child's new school care so deeply. And you are correct...this isn't the wild west. A person wouldn't be able to walk into a building and kill 20 people that would've been armed.

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shadow

Jan-10-13 7:01 AM

It would be a different story if it was YOUR child that was shot while waiting for police response.

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BrookP

Jan-10-13 2:29 PM

change4us, the first time a couple of students take the gun from a teacher and use it, you would see your armed-teacher policy go up in smoke. Arming the teachers presents a higher risk of gun violence than does a gun-free school. It's simple logic. More access leads to more violence. If the only weapons permitted to be owned by private citizens were hunting rifles capable of holding 3 or 4 rounds, gun violence of all types "in total" would go down dramatically. I'm not eliminating the risk, I'm reducing it. Nothing can eliminate it. I'm also not revoking the right to bear arms. A couple of rifles are more than enough to hunt with and protect your home from invaders. Now as for some dumb statement about the criminals only having guns, over time as they are caught we will eliminate their guns and since they would only be able to acquire hunting rifles, which can easily be spotted being carried, the criminal risk is reduced over time.

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BrookP

Jan-10-13 2:30 PM

(continued) Then change building construction to include panic doors that drop and seal off sections or every room of a school to further reduce risk.

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MTOMTO

Jan-10-13 3:24 PM

"If the only weapons permitted to be owned by private citizens were hunting rifles capable of holding 3 or 4 rounds, gun violence of all types "in total" would go down dramatically."

So, you are going to take away my handgun so that I can not enjoy target practicing. Or the law abiding person who carries large amounts of money for business from protecting themself?

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MTOMTO

Jan-10-13 3:26 PM

"Then change building construction to include panic doors that drop and seal off sections or every room of a school to further reduce risk."

Good luck putting that in the building code.

Regarding terrorists, as soon as you begin to live in fear, they have begun to win.

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MTOMTO

Jan-11-13 8:37 AM

"Then change building construction to include panic doors that drop and seal off sections or every room of a school to further reduce risk."

Or crush an innocent child in a real situation, false alarm, or emergency drill?

Or isolate a whole group of students with an armed gunman eliminating any option of escape?

Very well thought out.

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BrookP

Jan-15-13 11:10 AM

MTOMTO, yes I'm going to take away your handgun unless you're law enforcement, or a certified security person, or the gun can't be fired more the 50 feet away from your house. Pretty hard to sneak around with a rifle. Building construction that protects children shouldn't be all the difficult. Doors can be rigged for safety. Geez, they do it with garage door openers. Once the gunman is with a group, the priority is to protect anyone else you can. The hope would be that if they catch the break-in when it happens, the gunman could be sealed in a lobby or hall with little or no people.

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