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Gun-Toting Land O' Lakes Teachers in the Future?

A bill under consideration in the Florida House would enable school principals to arm select teachers.

Imagine sending your children to school knowing they're protected from bad guys not by an armed deputy or security officer, but a fifth-grade English teacher with a Glock.

That’s what the future may hold for school security if Florida Rep. Greg Steube, R-Bradenton, gets his way. Steube has drafted a bill that would give Florida principals the power to choose teachers who would have the right to carry weapons on campus, according to The Tampa Tribune. These teachers would have to obtain a concealed weapons permit and undergo training.

Principals, by the way, would also be able to determine just how many teachers are allowed to carry, making the number vary from school to school.

"It would be a good deterrent," The Tribune quoted Steube as saying. "The bad guys aren't going to know how many or who's carrying in a school. They don't know if nobody is designated or if 10 people are designated."

The proposal has a long way to go before it becomes law, but even so it’s made it to the House’s K-12 subcommittee.

Florida isn't the only state considering legislation that would allow teachers to carry firearms for student protection either. Several other states, including Oklahoma, are weighing the idea's merits, according to The Huffington Post. South Dakota has already signed a bill into law, The New York Times says.

While school security and the need to enhance it have gained much attention since last year’s shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Hillsborough leaders say Steube’s bill isn’t the answer.

"I thought it was a horrible idea the moment I saw it," The Tribune quoted Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman April Griffin as saying.

What do you think Land O' Lakes? Do you agree it’s a bad idea or is it worth exploring? Share your thoughts in the comments section

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Renee Vanacore Jensen March 19, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Why would Florida want to arm educators that already deal with emotional stress in masses? Bad idea. Florida will have the first teacher to shot a student. Just watch.
Bobbi Lowery March 21, 2013 at 10:29 PM
I would be worried, like Renee, that a teacher could lost their temper and shoot a student in their rage! If not that, then how can they be sure that students wont be able to get their hands on the gun? What if they strong arm the teacher and take the gun by force?? I don't think it's very safe unless they can PROVE and GUARANTEE that no one will get hurt!! I want my kids protected but not at the risk of a child being killed or a teacher being killed to gain access to the weapon!! They REALLY need to think this through!
Michael Lewis March 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Armed Teachers Would Be The Best Thing to Protect Our Kids from Crazy Left Wing Radicals Who Murder Kids. Adam Lanza Would Have Faced Resistance had Any Teacher Been Armed. Teachers and Children Cowering in the Corner of a classroom and being Shot without any hope is just plain senseless in todays society of violent video games and desensitized teenagers , many of whom are under the influence of drugs. Lets Protect our kids and at least give them a chance... This Law will save lives... Restricting what Legal gun owners can have will not.
Greg Lightning March 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM
This is really a bad idea...Everyday I see reports of teachers molesting children....an you want to trust them with guns? Not all teachers are bad and they are in the business nurturing/teaching. Not toting side arms in a class room. As I have suggested in several forums why not enlist the services of able soldiers coming home who want to stay enlisted in the military and assign them to security duty. We are already paying for them and they are highly trained in weapons use. Im sure many would like a job/paycheck once they got home. I see it as a win-win for all involved. No offense but arming teachers is like giving Barney Fife more than one bullet at a time..Just to many scenario liabilities just from limited firearm experience.
Quincy J Hermes March 28, 2013 at 07:19 PM
If you don't trust teachers with a gun, you shouldn't trust them with a child.
Quincy J Hermes March 28, 2013 at 07:20 PM
If a teacher is the sort of person that has those rage issues, they aren't going to be a teacher long. Because without a gun, they will have punched a student, and be out of their job. So I'm thinking if they are even-keeled enough to not have punched students, chances are pretty good they aren't going to shoot one.

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