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SPEAK OUT: Should Teachers Be Armed?

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.

Skip Endale December 25, 2012 at 06:50 PM
its called seasonal depression.
John Smith December 26, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Amen to that.
John Smith December 26, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Armed security officers or police officers, not necessarily necessary to arm teachers but concealed carry permits should be welcome.
John Smith December 26, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Have seen no officers at local schools are you sure about that Deb Becker?
John Smith December 26, 2012 at 06:15 AM
For caring? Fred you are obviously insane and deluded as well.
John Smith December 26, 2012 at 06:18 AM
An armed security or police officer is still the best bet.
Sammee January 05, 2013 at 12:00 AM
An ARMED society is a SAFE & FREE society!
Joe Bagadonuts January 05, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Don Joy! You old troll! How are you? I thought Patch banned you for life after your post election breakdown. What (or who) did you have to do to get back on? Good to have you back in any case. I see you have maintained your prodigious copy and paste skills. But everything else you say seems flat and forced compared to your peak right before you were banned. It's like your troll muscles have atrophied. Keep practicing! You be back in shape in no time.
Sally Spangler January 05, 2013 at 01:52 AM
This appears to be the "old fashioned" chat room. It is a waste of time blathering just to blather. Sammee - being armed is being safe and free? Care to discuss how you get to that? Sally
Joey January 05, 2013 at 12:37 PM
http://1389blog.com/2012/12/23/larry-correia-refutes-the-gun-controllers-once-and-for-all/
Carol Lewis January 05, 2013 at 01:29 PM
If you have to be armed to be safe, you aren't free.
Carol Lewis January 05, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I agree, Sally. Thanks!
Carol Lewis January 05, 2013 at 01:31 PM
I think gun control gives the wrong idea of what those of us who want stricter laws want. We're looking for reasonable gun safety. You can have your guns, it's your 2nd amendment right. But only the military should have military style weapons.
joe brewer January 05, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Chapman isn't waiting while the ivory tower people who wring their hands and ask for more money to combat mental illness. Maybe the teachers will agree to pay more for health, dental and their pensions so the money can be diverted to metal health? Ol Chappie has his deputies on site preempting any would be killers. The Bull of the woods didn't wait for permission, a vote, public input he just solved the problem with a armed presence. You may have misgivings about his methods but there is no debate about the results. The kids are safe thanks to Chapman and the deputies! Salute!!
Richard Holmquist January 05, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Don, the Declaration of Independence was a document used to rally the country to war against a tyrant. Our governing document is the US Constitution, which defines taking up arms against the government as an act of treason. Clearly, the founders did not intend for the use of arms to be used in acts of treason by the public. I don't object to the current 2nd Amendment interpretation or to the right for citizens to bear arms, but I definitely object to this justification.
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Richard, you're wrong. I can provide endless quotes from our founders proving that their intent was for the government to be kept in check by an armed citizenry, not the other way around.
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Actually, there was a rampage in China on the same day as the Newtown massacre in which a man murdered 7 schoolchildren and 2 teachers with a cleaver.
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 03:47 PM
To be honest, I do not presently know whather we are discussing the same incident, and that some of those first reported as merely injured later died, or two separate incidients on the same day in China.
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Sammee is right. Carol, where on Earth in human history have unarmed people EVER been protected from criminals and tyrants? If you do not understand this principle, you do not understand what liberty is, and what is necessary for securing it--enshrined in our 2nd Amendment: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Sammee is right. Where on Earth in human history have unarmed people EVER been protected from criminals and tyrants? If you do not understand this principle, you do not understand what liberty is, and what is necessary for securing it--enshrined in our 2nd Amendment: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." By the way, the militia is every adult male in the population, in case you didn't know.
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Carol, only our military does have military weapons. Frankly, you are just one more of the millions and millions who are ignorant about the difference between automatic and semi-automatic guns, and who think that there is any real difference between a so-called "assault" rifle and a typical hunting rifle. But more to the point, law-abiding citizens should have access to every single kind of weapon that the government has. The purpose of the 2nd Amendment (and a large part of the whole point of the American revolution; American exceptionalism) is that an armed citizenry keep the government in check, not the other way around. Unfortunately, we have mostly abandoned this paradigm. Even our ordinary police forces have become increasingly militarized...
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 04:22 PM
You're half right. However, by your logic, after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (and later, Kennedy), the reaction of increasing armed men around our presidents was the wrong one. Likewise, after 9/11, the reaction of putting armed air marshals aboard flights was the wrong one, according to your argument. Under your plan, banks shouldn't have armed guards, nor should armored trucks, nor sporting events, government buildings...heck, why do we need police or even military? Protecting what we value is part of the problem! Pacifistic abandonment of protective measures is the answer. Just play John Lennon's "Imagine" over and over and over again over public loudpseakers and eventually everyone will acquiesce...we'll be able to quit our jobs and become performance artists, because as Nancy Pelosi said, Obamacare will pay for our health care so we can pursue our dreams, and as she also famously said, "unemployment checks create jobs." I agree that we must attack the problem at its root--the corruption of our young people, the destruction of the two-parent intact family by the Marxist welfare state, etc., the media and video games, etc.--but to leave our kids as sitting ducks is just insane. Stop with the nonsense.
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Significant percentages of teachers in various states are already armed, genius. Just recently in Texas, a concealed carry class had over 400 teachers eagerly signing up. Some people actually care about protecting our kids.
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Bravo, Joe!
Don Joy January 07, 2013 at 05:39 PM
http://takimag.com/article/ban_schools_not_guns_kathy_shaidle/print#axzz2HJEepOSy
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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