Mississippi lawmakers are considering a new bill that would allow not one, but two workers per school to carry concealed weapons.
It's not a done deal yet, but DeSoto County Supervisor Harvey Lee thinks it's a good idea. He's a big supporter of the National Rifle Association, and says there is already proof that arming teachers and principals in Mississippi schools can save lives.
Make no bones about it, when it comes to arming teachers, Lee says train them and arm them.
"That was my thought from the beginning," he said. "They ought to take some of the principals and some of the coaches that are in the school systems and put them through the training that the deputies go through, and do this every year, so they would be allowed to have their own pistols. I think if they could have their own guns in school, we could stop this trouble quick."
Lee says while the bill is from Mississippi, the money to train and arm the teachers should come from Washington, D. C.
"Well, that's going to have to come from the federal down to the state and then down to the counties," Lee said. "We are all going to have to sit down and look and come up with an idea. With this, if I am not mistaken, so I think everyone should be involved, because this is everybody's problem."
To those who might be against arming teachers in schools, they haven't sat in a school during a shooting incident, Lee said.
"They haven't sat in a school where somebody has gotten shot before, that's all I can say," Lee said. "If I was in school I would like to know I had armed people to protect my children. That's what it's all about we have got to protect our children."
The supervisor points to the 1997 school shooting in Pearl, Miss., as an example of why teachers should be armed. In that shooting, a gunman killed two students and wounded seven others.
"Then the principal went out and got his gun and held the kid at bay," he said. "They didn't have any more fatalities."
According to one Mississippi representative, Bill 988 would allow school districts to set up their own Marshal Services and secret forces within the school that are armed. The bill, if passed, could also allow the carrying of concealed guns onto college campuses and churches.
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