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NC gun group calls for allowing teachers to be armed

Posted December 19, 2012

— As federal officials offer their own responses to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, the most vocal gun rights group in Raleigh has a suggestion as to what the state's response to the massacre should be.   

"When the General Assembly convenes on January 9, 2013, Grass Roots North Carolina will immediately push for legislation enabling teachers and other concealed handgun permit-holders to protect students from violent predators on the state’s campuses," Grass Roots North Carolina wrote in a news release Tuesday.

GRNC President Paul Valone made the case for the change in an opinion piece published in The Charlotte Observer.

Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for a one-day organization session on Jan. 9 and then return to work later that month.

"It's too early to talk about these things," said Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson,  who as rules chairman controls the flow of legislation through the Senate. He said lawmakers would discuss gun policy proposals next year.

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  • COPs eye Dec 27, 9:39 a.m.

    Bad idea...has anyone considered the people that are teaching these days.

  • davidk_at_unc Dec 21, 1:06 p.m.

    "Yes, a county in Texas has allowed teachers to CC since 2008. No massacres and no ND's since then." -- a420a240

    How many were there before then?

    A young boy was standing in a field in the middle of Iowa banging two pots together as hard as he could. A man stopped and asked him what he was going. The boy stopped, looked at man and said "I'm keeping the wild elephants away." The man looked back at the boy with amusement and said, "But, there are no wild elephants in Iowa", to which the boy replied "Works pretty well, doesn't it!"

  • samjwebb Dec 20, 1:53 p.m.

    So as I read, I find we have regressed 150 yrs. We all need to strap on a pair of 45s and a couple of bandoleers of ammo and strap a Winchester to the side of our suv's. Do I have to chew tobacco?

  • North Carolina Cutie Dec 20, 1:32 p.m.

    Remember some of those returning from over seas are dealing with issues sometimes and need mental assesment that as well would have to be thought out.

  • TimeWillTell Dec 20, 12:41 p.m.

    CBS news had a segment Monday night about a Texas school district that allows concealed carry for trained teachers. Not all teachers do, and there has been no call to MAKE teachers carry concealed anywhere. Anyway, the reporter breathlessly asked, well, don't parents object to this? Answer was, no, we are fielding calls all the time from parents wanting to get their kids into the district and from other districts wanting to know about the program.

    Go ahead, hand-wringers and name-callers. Keep your heads in the sand, pray that your lights stay on, your grocery store keeps receiving food, and wack jobs stay out of your kids schools.

    Paranoia? Sure, that's it. Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina were little summer squalls and the media just blew it all out of proportion. You choose to trust your safety to others - go for it... those with their heads stuck in the sand may find other parts of their bodies stuck up in the air vulnerable to, um, trouble.

  • RowdyFriend Dec 20, 10:17 a.m.

    No on has suggested that teachers be "forced" to add this to their list of responsibilities. It has merely been suggested that they have the option to carry in order to add to their level of safety, and that of the children. It is better to be armed than to be a sitting duck and a target, just in case someone decides to walk on campus and commence firing. Perhaps when this happens in the future, the local medical examiner will have one or two (or no) bodies to examine, rather than two or three dozen. It really shouldn't be so hard to understand.

  • piknowles2 Dec 20, 7:42 a.m.

    I agree with OGE. Dumbest idea ever!

  • hottabs75 Dec 20, 6:00 a.m.

    Our teachers are one of our most underpaid professions. Yet we put our trust in them to take care of our children. Now they want to saddle them with the responsibility of having to make life-or-death decisions in taking another life? I would not want that responsibility. And you can bet in the blink of an eye, who is going to win that shootout at the OK Corral Elementary School - the armed and armored gunman, not the teacher. Who will pay for the teachers to get permits, guns and firearms training? We're already cutting school budgets to the bone. Don't put this burden on teachers - it is NOT THEIR JOB to be law enforcement.

  • rushbot Dec 19, 6:49 p.m.

    We need to require all school employees to carry handguns with large capacity magazines while working..we need to require all multi-plex movie theater employees to carry handguns with large capacity magazines while working..we need to require all who would worship in public to carry handguns with large capacity magazines while worshiping..we need to require all who eat at MacDonalds to carry handguns with large capacity magazines while eating..we need to require all who would shop at a mall to carry handguns with large capacity magazines..in addition, we need to require those in charge of such location to at all times wear body armor and carry FULLY AUTOMATIC HANDGUNS at all times while working. There have been at least 62 mass killings in only the past 30 years..THAT MEANS THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN AN AVERAGE OF 2 MASS KILLINGS A YEAR FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS..that is a small price to pay so folks can own their very own semi automatic assault weapon and look like a bad dude on the range.

  • monami Dec 19, 6:17 p.m.

    What a state! Introduce legislation to arm teachers in schools, hooray, let's create a military state. Everybody ready to shoot! And yes, by all means let's use the veterans returning from Irag/Afghanistan. Great idea since there is a huge PTSD and TBI rate among them! Brilliant.

    And this is the state that plans to introduce legislation to ban OTC cold medicine.

    I worry more about the more than 30 shootings in the area in less than a month. Does anbody give a ****?

    Sometimes I have to ask myself if this place is for real...

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