Proposed S.C. Bill Could Arm School Employees

A Florence lawmaker would like to give school employees and districts the option of carrying weapons.

Just four days after 20 children and six employees were killed by a gunman at a Connecticut elementary school, a South Carolina lawmaker has proposed arming Palmetto State school employees.

A S.C. House bill prefiled on Tuesday by Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, would allow employees who had concealed weapons permits and no history of violence to carry weapons on school grounds — if district officials allowed it. Read the entire bill here.

Lowe told The State newspaper that the bill would put doubt in the minds of anyone considering violence at a school. 

What do you think? Is the answer to preventing tragedies like the one in Connecticut to have more people at schools armed? 

Tell us in the comments below.

stanley seigler December 20, 2012 at 04:50 PM
re: more guns a statistic from the TV: USA has 5% world's population and half the world's guns...stat not factchked, but bet it's close.
Robert Kelly December 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM
And by the way, Columbine High School had an armed deputy on patrol at the school as a regular thing, and he was on duty the day of the massacre at the high school.
Mary Grady December 22, 2012 at 03:20 AM
For the account by the armed deputy at Columbine, go here: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2000/columbine.cd/Pages/DEPUTIES_TEXT.htm Quite frankly, this doesn't sound like the solution to the problem.
Robert Kelly December 23, 2012 at 04:56 AM
"If guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have guns", and similar bumper sticker slogans are stupid. These recent mass killings were not by criminals, they were by deranged people with access to high power weapons. Criminals are not a threat to most of us. Real criminals use weapons to rob jewelry stores, liquor stores, banks, etc. where they can get money or valuables. They generally have no interest in killings dozens of people. And they usually work with small firearms for convenience, or try to avoid people altogether. These mentally damaged people who have committed the mass atrocities had easy access to the kinds of weapons which are designed for mass killings. If these weapons were outlawed, these people would not likely have any way to figure out where and how to acquire them. Sure, drug gangsters might still have them. Professional assassins might have them. You know, most of us do not have to deal with these kinds of murderers, and certainly elementary schools are not their targets. Ban the weapons of mass destruction, and the mentally unbalanced people will not have the access to them. Really bad criminals are not the cause of mass school killings. Would all the advocates of the right to possess these weapons please give the rest of us a good reason for it? Do you really think the president is about to send the army to take away your freedom? And would your weapon make a difference? These weapons of mass destruction kill too many people.
Jerry Carter December 24, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I think it's a bad idea, given the fact that many teachers complain about the issues of discipline in their classrooms that are stessing them. Clearly, there is the potential that one of those teachers might become a perpetrator. From a practical perspective, where does a teacher "conceal" a weapon, especially on a hot, sunny day? If anyone is to carry a weapon in a school, I think it should be someone whose job it is to do the type of enforcement that would require a weapon - someone who is trained, is an expert marksman and who can be expected to act responsibly in any and every emergency situation; someone whose credetials are impeccable and who has to be recertified regularly. Remember, there are issues of liability that must be discussed when even licensed concealed weapons carriers make a mistake. It would seem, therefore, that anyone who is carrying a weapon in a school be of the highest caliber as it relates to weapons and tactics in emergency situations, like that at Newtown, CT. Are we ready to say that teachers are those people????


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