Could armed educators prevent school shootings?
Arizona's attorney general weighs in
- Duration 4:36
- Date Dec 28, 2012
Arizona's attorney general weighs in
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FIQ in the wake of the shooting in Newtown Connecticut there's been a discussion about how to keep our kids safe in school.
The only way.
To stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan -- absolute protection.
The only thing that stops -- bad guy with a gun.
Is a good guy with a gun.
On -- signature call stirred a lot of controversy from Wayne Lapierre of the NRA but well.
Our next guest agrees.
But he has a solution of his own Tom -- is attorney general of Arizona -- he proposes -- just one educator for school.
-- joins us now to explain his proposal.
Attorney general -- how did you come up with this plan and why -- you who are trying to implement it.
Well I I -- to come up with them a golden mean between two extremes on one extreme people proposed.
Letting teachers in general -- to the school -- guns and I think that would create more danger than it would solve.
On the other hand some people advocate doing nothing and I think if we do nothing and there's another incident like -- town.
That could have been prevented we would all regret it so my proposal is that one person in school should be armed -- could be the principal or his designate.
And I've offered to provide training not only in marksmanship but in judgment when to shoot when not to shoot.
And how to how to secure the arm lock it up so that nobody could get -- it.
And -- offered to provide free training if the schools want to do it we will do it for them if they don't want to do it that's fine.
But were offering this free service.
I tell my investigators who are is sworn -- police officers.
Provide training to -- or his -- so that he can have an arm at school and be ready to do something if necessary so you're giving.
East schools the choice of of of agreeing to do this and that training has to be extensive ranked.
Yes the training has to be extensive we're not talking about just marksmanship.
We're talking about training -- -- when to shoot and when not to shoot how to exercise.
Admit you have simulations.
I've gone through this it it it it simulates a situation so you learn how to react incorrectly in different situations now you are drawing some criticism for.
Makes a statement about your plan he says.
Quote -- plan to arm principles is a knee jerk reaction that in reality won't do anything to keep kids safe.
If we truly believe our kids' safety is a priority.
Then the legislature can find a way to pay for school resource is officers.
And -- want to say that he basically called the plan a horrible plan how do you respond to that.
Well I actually support the idea of school resource officers and I'm no newcomer to it as he -- I've been advocating this for many years we had a program.
Of school resource officers that's policeman in the school they're not only protect against emergencies but they also teach some courses.
They're there all the -- -- they make friends with the kids the kids learn to confide in them.
That the police are their friends -- their enemies so it's a great program but the legislature in the financial crisis cut back on it it was already in a low percentage of our schools.
They cut back on it because of the lack of revenues to it and it even lower percentage.
And if we could have -- -- afford to have a please resource officer and every school I would be totally for that and that would be the -- -- Before that and you're I should point out you're the former.
Superintendent of schools throughout the entire state of Arizona -- what kind of personal.
Our reaction did you have to new town that has spurred this kind of action action now -- taking especially having that for past experience.
Well I think Newtown was overwhelmingly.
Upsetting -- everybody who who -- -- it's the most terrible thing imaginable.
And I think we cannot do nothing in response to it.
We shouldn't do something that could cause more trouble than it than it cures.
Which I believe would happen if any teachers are all -- could come to school with dozens but we can't do nothing and so I think the best way.
The middle way -- the way that that helps to solve the problem without creating new problems.
Is to train one person and each school it's her so what and when he's highly trained.
That person could have a gun locked up available for use -- needed to stop somebody who's doing bad things in the.
-- rates Tom -- we thank you and I should point out that you -- chances you can carry a weapon on the school property if you have a permit Fordham wanna thank you for joining us today.
He's the state attorney general for Arizona Tom Horne thank you good -- -- -- -- will be following that story.