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Law lets South Dakota teachers bring guns into classrooms

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, March 8, 2013 13:15 EDT
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South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) signed a bill into law on Friday that allows teachers to pack heat in classrooms, becoming the first state in the nation to do so.

Similar proposals have been considered in about two dozen states since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last December, according to The New York Times.

Despite Republicans’ insistence that making firearms more available reduces crime, a study released Wednesday by Boston Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, finds that states with more restrictive gun laws have the fewest deaths as a result of gun violence.

Critics of allowing teachers to carry weapons in schools point to instances like the suspension of a New York school security guard earlier this week, who was put on hold after his firearm accidentally discharged in a school hallway. School officials in Indiana also said this week that they were investigating a teacher who apparently threatened students with a note on a chalkboard warning that his guns are loaded.
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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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