Gun control likely to become an issue next legislative session

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 elementary schoolers, gun control is once again on the national agenda. In South Dakota too, though not in the way you might expect. The Capitol Journal reports:

[A] South Dakota legislator is drafting a bill that would allow teachers, administrators and even janitors to bring guns to school.

Rep. Betty Olson, R-Prairie City, told The Associated Press on Monday that she believes armed school personnel could have mitigated the Newtown massacre.

“Those children and teachers, that was like shooting fish in a barrel,” Olson said.

The bill wouldn’t require school personnel to be armed, she said, but it would allow those who have concealed weapons permits to bring their firearms into the building. She plans to present the proposal during the state’s annual legislative session, which begins Jan. 8.

My question is: what happens when a teacher or staff member who legally acquired his or her gun (as do more than three-fourths of mass shooting perpetrators) decides to shoot up a classroom?


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