Indiana’s Answer to School Shootings: Law requiring armed personnel in every school

by S.H. Blannelberry,  |  published on April 7, 2013

In response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, lawmakers in Indiana are looking to pass a bill that would require at least one teacher, principal or staff member to carry a firearm in every school in the state.

Proponents of Senate Bill 1 argue that having armed personnel in schools would help to keep students and teachers safe, providing both a deterrent and a line of defense against a deranged gunman — an approach to school security that is fully endorsed by the National Rifle Association’s National School Shield Program.

“I’ve been approached by several teachers that would love the ability to have their natural right to self-defense recognized and would gladly do this without being paid,” Indiana bill sponsor Rep. Jim Lucas told Fox News.

The bill, which cleared the House Education Committee by a vote of 9-3 on Tuesday, gives schools the option to decide whether it wants to hire a student resource officer (essentially a sworn police officer) or simply provide training to teachers or other school staff members.

Either way, if the bill is approved the GOP-controlled General Assembly, someone will have to be armed and trained.

“We want someone who’s familiar with firearms who feels secure in that position and I suspect in almost every school across the state of Indiana I suspect there will be people who will step up and be trained for that position,” State Rep. Jerry Torr told local news affiliate WFPL.

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