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Right-Wing Teacher-Arming Hysteria Grows

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is the latest to hop on the bandwagon, saying it's a "discussion that ought to be had."


The latest high-profile Republican to say he is open to possibly allowing firearms on school grounds is Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who said in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school shootings that he thinks “that’s a reasonable discussion that ought to be had.”

McDonnell was asked about allowing “adults, supervisors, principals, teachers to be armed” in schools. He replied:

I know there has been a knee-jerk reaction against that, I think there should at least be a discussion of that. If people were armed, not just a police officer, but other school officials that were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there would have been an opportunity to stop aggressors trying to come into the school, so I think that’s a reasonable discussion that ought to be had.

McDonnell stipulated that there is currently a complete ban on guns within a thousand feet of schools, with the exception of law enforcement, and that he has been supportive of that. But “I think it’s a discussion that is probably timely,” he added.

McDonnell joins a number of state legislators and gun rights advocates who have proposedarming teachers as a way to prevent school shootings like the one in Newtown.

Here’s the audio, via ProgressVA:

h/t ThinkProgress.


Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at [email protected].

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