Sen. Rand Paul: Let’s arm teachers

by Joseph Gerth, USA Today  |  published on January 19, 2013

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Thursday that, despite the risk of occasional accidents, he favors arming teachers and principals to prevent tragedies such as the Dec. 14 shootings at a Connecticut school that killed 26 students and faculty.

“If my kids were at that school, I would have preferred that the teacher had concealed-carry and had a gun in her desk,” Paul told a group of Oldham County, Ky., business leaders during a luncheon.

“Is it perfect? No. Would they always get the killer? No. Would an accident sometimes happen in a melee? Maybe,” he said. “But nobody (at the Connecticut school) had any defense, and he just kept shooting until he was tired and he decided to shoot himself.”

Paul’s statements were almost immediately rebuked by some educators, who said adding guns to classrooms would be dangerous.

“It’s a ridiculous idea,” said Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association. “The solution to gun violence is to implement common-sense laws to make them more difficult to have, not to introduce more guns into schools.”

Paul’s comments came a day after President Barack Obama laid out his proposals for tougher gun measures in response to the Newtown, Conn., shootings that left 20 students, six adults and the shooter dead.

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