Arizona gun rights groups: teachers should be trained to carry

by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services  |  published on December 21, 2012

Arizona right to carry

Two Arizona gun-rights groups said Wednesday that lawmakers should consider letting specially trained teachers and administrators carry guns into public schools to protect students against future attacks.

Ken Rineer, president of Gun Owners of Arizona, said there is no reason to continue such a ban.

“I think we’ve had more campus school shootings since enactment of the law than before,” he said of the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act, first approved in 1990. Arizona has a separate ban on guns on school campuses to deal with exceptions to the federal statute.

And the Arizona Citizens Defense League said the news coverage of the shootings in Connecticut that killed 26, including 20 children, misses the point.

“The main issue here is not that a deranged individual gained access to a firearm, as there is very little anyone could do to prevent that,” the organization’s statement read. “It’s that anyone who could have stopped his rampage could not gain access to a firearm.”

The bottom line, said spokesman Charles Heller, is more people with guns creates a safer environment.

“You shoot the attacker and stop the attack,” he said. “It stops people from getting killed.”

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