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Missouri legislature supports teachers with guns

New Missouri bill would allow teachers to carry guns. Photo via sxc photo.

A new bill filed on Tuesday, authored and supported by two Republican House Representatives in Missouri, would give teachers or administrators the ability to carry a concealed weapon (gun) in schools and classrooms if they have the proper permit.

Several Missouri legislators believe that the massacre that took place on Dec. 14, whereby a 20-year-old shooter broke into the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and shot and killed 26 people, including 20 first graders, could have been prevented had one of its teachers or administrators been armed.

Republican Rep. Stanley Cox told the AP:

I think there is a correlation between these horrible acts of violence and the gun-free zones that have come about by the law.

I think there is a good argument to be made that if people were there who were trained in the use of firearms, who were good citizens, that this would not be as horrible of a situation as it is.

The President of the Brady Campaign, Dan Gross, opposed the bill however, stating:

Think about what that’s saying. It’s saying the only answer to violence is more violence. The only answer to guns is more guns.