Should teachers be allowed to carry guns in school?
John Roberts reports from Atlanta
- Duration 3:12
- Date Jan 30, 2013
John Roberts reports from Atlanta
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There's a -- -- gaining steam to arm teachers in the wake of new town in Tennessee a state lawmakers pushing a bill that would require -- staff members in schools.
And it would also open the door to teachers caring guns in the classroom.
Senior national correspondent John Roberts is joining us live now in Atlanta -- more on this John.
Good afternoon Jim it's actually move and that is growing across the country want to show you a little bit of videotape.
This is from a couple of years ago it's from high school Sullivan county eastern Tennessee a school resource officer an armed guard in a terrifying -- -- stand up with a gunman.
Who burst into the school she held him at bay in his face to face confrontation until sheriff's deputies arrived and shot him dead.
On the scene today at Tennessee State senator -- introduced legislation.
That would require an armed guard in every public school across the state and of schools did not have the money to hire a school resource officer.
They could put in place a teacher who has the same level of training.
With a weapon state senator frank nicely is the one who introduced the bill today he told me that in the wake of the new -- shooting in Connecticut.
We just can't leave school students unprotected even if it means a teacher is the last line of defense.
Here's what he set.
They -- the psychological evaluation question -- -- object.
And are willing to commit to take the proper level of crying and that we just as safe.
As a resource -- -- deputy are retired.
-- -- There was initially some opposition to this idea came from one of the largest teachers' unions also the Republican speaker of the house was skeptical about this that opposition has since.
Being tempered some because this focuses mostly on these resource officers.
Before going down the line -- armed teachers but still some Democrats are against the idea of putting weapons into the hands of teachers at school represented -- daring -- -- is one of them here's his rationale according to what he told me.
Sentimentality of of nurturing students a mentality of educating citizens but not necessarily have.
Defending them with -- arms if they wanted to go in the law enforcement I think they would have.
Certainly Tennessee is not alone in this -- -- -- teachers in addition to Tennessee thirteen other states here across the country marked in yellow.
Have introduced similar measures to South Dakota house passed a measure yesterday.
That's now been put onto the senate in Texas at least three school districts allow teachers to carry concealed weapons and a measure in Colorado very similar measure.
Was just rejected their but because there is a Republican supermajority.
And the Tennessee legislature.
Nicely believes that his bill will pass which would -- much of the best of our knowledge may Tennessee.
The first state that would officially sanctioned armed teachers and schools.
Across the state.
Very interesting in that video that you -- it's just -- few moments ago it was very compelling and quite dramatic.
Yeah that was just a couple years ago that was August 30 2010 and you can imagine what might have happened.
Had that resource officer not been there right at the very beginning when that gunman entered the school to confront him head on it is actually rather remarkable.
That she held him off -- that face off for ten minutes rather than try to take a shot that absolutely unbelievable thank you so much John.