In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., at least one area legislator seems ready to introduce laws that would allow some educators to be armed on campus. NEWS 92 FM’s Martha Martinez reports:
State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Houston, says she is ready to promote the idea of allowing teachers and other school staffers in Texas who have concealed carry licenses to take their weapons to work.
The Republican from Tomball says “It is just logical. ‘No gun zones’ means that there’s a big sign that says ‘Hey, we have no way to protect ourselves.’”
Among those who agree, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who authored the state’s concealed handgun law in 1995 while he was a state senator.
He says those who are trained and are comfortable with handguns can provide immediate defense at schools.
Gov. Rick Perry has already stated his agreement with the idea. But there are those who are uneasy with the suggestion, wondering if armed individuals would only confuse or get in the way of first responders to any situations like that at Sandy Hook.
The next legislative session gets underway in Austin in January, and the issue is expected to be center stage.
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