Is it time to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons?

As a result of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association is calling for armed guards in every school.

Many Twitter users, however, believe it would be more effective and less expensive to allow teachers to arm themselves if they wish.

Most gun control advocates believe the idea is beyond the pale:

Meanwhile, a number of cities and states are considering or enacting proposals to allow teachers to carry:

  • Josephine (D)

    I think it’s a great idea; the teachers can actually do something to stop attackers while waiting for the police to show up.

  • Mike Horve

    If the teacher wants to carry a gun to protect themselves and the kids, let them if they go through a training course and do it. If my boys were in that class, it would not bother me one bit. If the word got out about it,maybe the wacko wouldn’t try to enter.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    “We don’t let prison guards carry guns, but now the NRA wants teachers packing? Pathetic.”

    Of course, because all the 5-year-olds have unionized and are now MUCH more dangerous than violent prisoners, so the teachers need to protect themselves against an armed insurrection for longer recesses and nap times.

    This guy is so brain dead it’s amazing he can even breathe.

  • soccer mom

    Our cub scout den leader works in a government agency and has a concealed carry permit. We feel much safer meeting, hiking and camping when he is around.

  • Hajjster

    I don’t think teachers carrying is a good idea. I am a teacher and countless HS students steal things from teachers. Biometric safes for teachers and principals/assistant principals, however, are a great idea. If students get in an argument w/ a teacher and grab for the gun, it is LAWSUIT CITY.

    • Hiraghm

      Carry the firearm near your genitals. If your students can touch you there, you have bigger problems than stealing.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Most criminals don’t expect resistance. Once they get it they usually run away.

  • journogal

    Okay, if they are outraged at the idea of allowing a teacher to carry, what about a coach or a janitor or a counselor? Even perhaps the vice principal? Someone who is at the school all day, yet doesn’t have much direct contact with the students. Let me add that personally I am all for teachers receiving necessary training and carrying, but I believe also something needs to be done soon (without endless studies), and maybe some of the more reasonable (I know, I am reaching here) would accept a compromise.

  • nc

    This makes more sense to me than having a guard just standing around doing nothing all day.

  • justlittlolme

    I can’t imagine that the Founders ever thought that the four simple words ‘SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED’ would be so bloomin’ HARD for their progeny to understand.

  • Hiraghm


    What’s all this talk about “allowing” and “letting”???

    It is every citizen’s protected, inviolable right to keep and bear arms. NOBODY can Constitutionally stop a citizen from doing so, not the feds, not the State, not 7/11.

    Which part of “shall not be infringed” don’t people get? The word “infringed”? The 1st Amendment set the precident; it specified that *Congress* can make no law abridging religion or speech. Then the very next Amendment comes along and does *not* specify Congress, it states simply that the right, of the people, shall not be infringed.

    The progressives have so screwed up the mentality of the populace that it’s actually common thinking that gun possession is automatically forbidden unless all the pertinent authorities say it’s okay, and then only to the extent they say it’s okay. HOGWASH!

  • jack lovell

    I was watching A Christmas Story and I kept thing of the Sandy Hook jerk. I can’t believe he ruined that too.