As guns find their way into schools, one Arizona legislator successfully campaigned for schools themselves to be armed with guns. State Senator Karen S. Johnson lobbied for students and teachers to bring guns into schools for self-defense. She claims that the massacre at Northern Illinois University could have been averted if the professor in the class or a student had a gun to shoot down the assassin.
Using this rationale, other lawmakers have taken heed. Although her proposals have not gained wide support for K-12, as she initially also intended, the thought has been seriously bantered around for higher education campuses.
This is not a story reported in the media as a sensational ploy. Rather today, March 5, 2008, The New York Times and other national newspapers carried the Arizona story and a photo of the gun lobby sponsor.
The proposal is gaining support and was passed by a state committee last week by a vote of 4 to 3. Arizona is also the state where in 2002, a nursing student failing courses shot and killed three professors. If one of them had a gun, could all have been saved?
Arizona is not alone; 15 other states have similar legislature pending allowing guns to bring borught into the school setting for self-defense. To read more about this story, use think link toi access the article that appeared in The New York Times, covered by reporter Randal C. Archibold.
Photo of State Senator Karen S. Johnson of Arizona, sponsor of legislature for firearms on school campuses; photo credit to: Jeff Topping,The New York Times
Be sure to post your comments on this pending bill related to combatting violence perpetuated by students bringing guns to the school with the intent to bring harm to others.
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