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Ga. lawmaker proposes bill to arm school principals

ATLANTA — A state lawmaker is proposing a bill to allow school systems to choose whether principals should be allowed to carry concealed weapons.

The proposal by Republican State Rep. Paul Battles from Bartow County is the latest in a series of gun-related measures the General Assembly will consider after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Battles said it makes sense to allow districts to decide whether principals should be armed since not every district has the money to hire school resource officers.

The Georgia Association of Educators has said they will lobby against the proposal. The organization's president, Calvine Rollins, says instead of paying for school resource officers, districts would then have to pay for six-week training courses and yearly refresher sessions.

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NewsReader 1 year, 9 months ago

We really could care less what The GAE's position is. We really don't care what the BOE's position is either. If an armed perpetrator walks into a school, regardless of his intentions, I want somebody to mop him up off the floor before he has an opportunity to hurt anyone.

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Mack711 1 year, 9 months ago

How about arming a few teachers as well. As large as some of our schools are the principal can not cover that much area that fast. The intruder will know who is armed and will get that person first.

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RiggaTony 1 year, 9 months ago

You should probably also have a few of the students armed as well. Children as young as 5 can be taught to safely operate and carry fire arms. Since there are more students than teachers, that allows you to cover even more ground. Plus, the kids are always the first ones to know if one of their classmates is planning to do something like this.

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DavidBrown 1 year, 9 months ago

"RiggaTony", your comment is one of the most outrageous statements that I have ever read.

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RiggaTony 1 year, 9 months ago

You likely think that because you hate America, freedom, the 2nd amendment, capitalism, and probably Jesus.

I was given a Ruger when I was 6 years old and carried it just about everywhere without incident.

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DavidBrown 1 year, 9 months ago

My wife happens to teach in a Gwinnett elementary school. Neither she nor her principal have any desire to be armed or to "carry", the new euphemism for having a firearm.

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Mack711 1 year, 9 months ago

If a criminal wants to go to a place where he can do a lot of damage fast and then he looks for places where there is no one to stop him. One burglar recently was stopped when the home owner was armed. She managed to save her and her chidren from harm. Surely there is some one in your school who can do the job. Remember the ones who are unarmed when a criminal enters, come up on the short end of the stick. A criminal will not respect the law, that is why we calll them criminals.

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Award88 1 year, 9 months ago

That is fine if neither your wife nor the principal have a desire to carry, as a firm supporter of the 2nd amendment, I firmly believe in someone's right not to carry a firearm, but I think if any of the other teachers, who already have carry permits, desire to carry while they teach they should be allowed to. You had 3 brave teachers that rushed the Sandy Hook shooter. What if those teachers had been armed? Perhaps they could have been more effective in stopping the shooter. If your wife or the principal opt not to carry that is their prerogative, but do they should not force their views on to others by fighting against allowing law abiding citizens, including fellow teachers the opportunity to carry.

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