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Minnesota state rep plans to push bill allowing armed teachers

By Samantha Kimmey
Friday, December 21, 2012 18:28 EDT
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A Minnesota state representative plans to introduce a bill allowing teachers to bear arms in the classroom in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting that left over two dozen dead, reported Minnesota Public Radio.

In a statement to the radio station, Rep. Tony Cornish said that it’s not a novel idea:”Israel had a problem with classroom shootings and instituted this policy and shut them down. Texas has this policy and Michigan sent it to the Governor 24 hours before the [Connecticut] tragedy.”

However, the radio station’s fact-checking squad says Cornish’s claims aren’t actually supported by evidence.

Some schools in Israel have armed guards — not teachers — and civilians themselves have a difficult time acquiring guns, the station says.

In Texas, there is a single school district in Harrold, Texas, that allows teachers with licenses to carry concealed weapons, and who have additional training, to bring a gun to the classroom. There is no similar state-wide law.

As for Michigan, the legislature did sent such a bill to the governor — but Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed it.

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