Teachers on reading, writing, packing heat


Americans appear to have taken up the president’s call for a national discourse on guns in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting.

But Barack Obama may not like the answer they are giving him as a push to permit teachers to carry concealed weapons is gathering steam in several states

Following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, lawmakers in several states, including Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina, Oregon and Virginia, have proposed or introduced legislation that would permit teachers with concealed carry permits to voluntarily bring their weapons onto school grounds.

Just days ago, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell said the state should have a discussion about allowing school staff to carry concealed weapons to protect children. State Delegate Robert Marshall has gone further, proposing a bill that would require school districts to designate some staff members to do so.

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