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Do you think a principal or teacher should be allowed to carry a concealed gun at school? I know this MS Bill has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. While I knowo that a good majority of Democrats are opposed to this, I have to agree. While I am a believer in being able to own firearms, I do NOT want a gun in my child’s classroom. I do not believe this is a solution to the problem we are up against with the school shooting tragedies. If this does go through, what kind of insurance would the school have to have to cover themselves in case of an accident or tragedy? would this also open the door for lawsuit if a tragedy happens and a teacher was viewed as not taking proper action in an emergency? Lastly, with tough economic times, can we afford to pay for the training that will be required of teachers and administrators who opt to carry? Let me know what you think!!!!!

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130214/NEWS010504/302140040/Bill-allowing-teachers-principals-carry-concealed-guns-schools-passes-House

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2 thoughts on “Should a MS Teacher or Principal be Allowed to Carry a Concealed Gun?

  1. Hi! I came here through a link on the Mississippi PEP site, and, while I’m not a Desoto County resident, this is something that I feel affects all Mississippians. Since you asked for comments, I reckon I’ll give mine.

    While I understand the reticence some may have toward armed teachers in the classroom, I don’t believe these fears are logical given the data we have available. For instance, Utah allows teachers to conceal and carry in the classroom, and has not (according to all the information I’ve seen) experienced any mishaps as a result of this policy. Firearms experts such as Larry Correia (who for quite some time taught Utah concealed weapons classes, including classes for teachers and administrators) and David Kopel also make rather convincing arguments for the ability of armed teachers to protect students.

    Regarding the insurance scenario, I honestly do not know, although I would suggest that the state of Mississippi follow the precedent of Utah in this situation. With respect to teachers potentially being liable for not taking action, there is also legal precedent for this situation. While I am not a lawyer, it would make sense to me that the findings of Warren v. District of Columbia, which hold that police are not required to protect citizens unless a “special relationship” exists would also apply to teachers. Therefore teachers, like police, could not be sued due to perceived or actual inaction in a dangerous situation. Again, I ain’t a lawyer, but this seems to logically follow.

    From the anecdotal side, I am familiar with several teachers who are concealed carry holders and would love to be able to have the means to protect themselves and their students in the course of their duties as educators. I believe it’s a workable solution that will provide increased protection for students. Thanks for the opportunity to express my views.

    • Thank you, Joseph! We appreciate your comments! You don’t have to be from DeSoto County to respond on here. We welcome all. You gave a lot of very insightful information to consider. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. It definitely gives me something to think about.

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