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S. Dakota gov signs bill allowing teachers to carry guns in classroom

LAST UPDATED: 08:50 a.m. HST, Mar 08, 2013

PIERRE, S.D. » South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill allowing the state's school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns.

Supporters say the so-called sentinels could help prevent tragedies such as the Connecticut school shooting in December.

Representatives of school boards, school administrators and teachers opposed the bill, saying it could make schools more dangerous, lead to accidental shootings and put guns in the hands of people who are not adequately trained to shoot in emergency situations.

Supporters say the bill does not force a district to arm its teachers and would not force teachers to carry a gun.

Under the measure, local law enforcement agencies would have to approve a school's sentinel program.

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black3000psi wrote:
this is a disaster waiting to happen.
on March 8,2013 | 08:10AM
serious wrote:
I think it's a great idea. Where do criminals go? To "gun safe" areas!!!! A Republican governor doing what's right!! I think gun permit numbers should be posted on front doors. I started hunting when I was 14--gun safety, you bet. S Dakota is hunting country--I'll bet every family has a gun.
on March 8,2013 | 08:38AM
9ronboz wrote:
Good Job Gov
on March 8,2013 | 09:03AM
hanalei395 wrote:
U.S. teachers, the best armed teachers in the world. ...(The only armed teachers in the world?)
on March 8,2013 | 09:11AM
Kaluu wrote:
Big mistake. Who's going to oversee teachers' gun safety practices? Best move I've heard is U.S. Senate bill increasing penalties for illegal gun purchases, such as ex-con's girlfriend doing the background check, then, handing the weapon to a creep.
on March 8,2013 | 08:22AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Agree with the penalty approach, but having some well qualified armed individuals randomly located in a school may deter some nut from considering that school as an easy target anymore.
on March 8,2013 | 11:07AM
Bdpapa wrote:
South Dakota, the Wild West!
on March 8,2013 | 08:23AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Are they getting ready for the return of allie?
on March 8,2013 | 08:55AM
whs1966 wrote:
The NRA fanatics will deny any responsibility when a teacher or staff member shoots someone. It might be a teacher who shoots a student, parent, principal, or even another teacher.
on March 8,2013 | 08:31AM
slink wrote:
As a teacher, fortunately NOT in South Dakota, I condemn this action. It is against everything I've been trained to do (and believe) for over 30 years of teaching. I cannot imagine how a parent will feel (or even the teacher) WHEN a teacher accidentally shoots a child while either showing the gun to the class or "thinking" there is a threat and making a poor decision. Or how about getting caught in the cross-fire down the hall? I know I wouldn't want the teachers I work with to carry a gun. This WILL happen...sad...
on March 8,2013 | 08:55AM
hawaiikone wrote:
I'd guess there's a lot of parents that would appreciate some on site capability to defend their children.. I do hope there will be some stringent requirements in place before letting anyone inside a school carry a weapon. Hopefully, simply the fact that several individuals inside a school may be armed and capable will be enough to discourage a nut from targeting it, which I believe is the essence of moving in this direction.
on March 8,2013 | 09:17AM
Usagi336 wrote:
Yes good point. I believe just the thought that someone might be armed would be a deterrent for some coward who was thinking about shooting up the place.
on March 8,2013 | 12:22PM
inverse wrote:
No choice. With so many people going into classrooms and shooting teachers and students at will, there has to be teachers willing to defend their students and themselves. However those that are permitted to carry MUST go through rigorous background checks, mental screening and mandatory annual training and must renew their concealed carry license every year. You lose your gun or you are caught doing something criminal and you have a concealed carry permit, you will lose your license to carry and a receive a mandatory jail sentence
on March 8,2013 | 09:10AM
false wrote:
It will make show and tell very interesting.
on March 8,2013 | 09:44AM
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