Arming Teachers

Tennessee is currently looking at several proposals to arm teachers. There is considerable opposition, but these appear to be common-sensical: 

State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster, is proposing a measure that would let teachers with handgun carry permits bring their guns to school, with the permission of the local school system. The bill also would require teachers to go through special training, and it would allow them to load their guns only with “frangible bullets,” ammunition designed to break apart to minimize the risk of ricocheting.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Knoxville, says he has drafted a bill that would require districts to assign at least one resource officer, typically a sheriff’s deputy or other armed police officer, to every school or to allow teachers to go armed.

State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, also plans to introduce legislation proposing three options for schools — to have a trained student resource officer on campus; allow faculty members who are handgun carry permit holders to take student resource officer training so they can carry a gun at school; require the school system to assume liability of its students.

 Frangible bullets, very smart. Keeps ricochet injuries down. Please vote in the poll at the bottom page of the Tennessean article. For more on gun control, you had better read this Joseph Nee story. It involves the son of Boston Police Officer Thomas Nee, a member of Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control task force.