Gun controversy continuesPosted: February 20, 2013
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, state legislators across the country have been working effortlessly to find “solutions” to the gun problem that has swept America in recent weeks.
The newest development is a claim by Texas governor Rick Perry that school administrators and teachers should legally be permitted to carry licensed, concealed weapons in the hallways to protect students. The lieutenant governor modified the governor’s statements, advocating that schools should be permitted to offer special, state-funded weapons training for selected school officials. Additionally, a Dallas state representative has proposed legislation to create positions at schools for armed “marshals,” whose responsibility would be to defend any attack on the school.
All of these would be drastic changes to the current public school gun policy, in which no one is allowed to have a gun on school grounds. However, certain districts can vote to permit school officials to bring licensed weapons to school.
The legislation that is being presented to the Texas state Congress is one of the first signs of major changes to come across a nation that is battling the principles of gun rights and gun protection, particularly in public schools.
Do guns have a proper place in schools if they are in the “right” hands? If a law like this is passed, what kind of backlash could we see from people who disagree with children being near guns whatsoever? Is there any middle ground that provides protection for students without immediate fears/dangers being present?