Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guns in Schools Bill Passes

Yesterday, HB 958, a bill sponsored by Rep. Bubba Carpenter (R-Burnsville) that would allow schools to arm principals, teachers, janitors, and cafeteria workers in public schools, passed the state House.

There are a number of troubling factors in this bill, despite my personal disposition towards gun rights.  For instance, a Michigan security guard left his gun in the school bathroom last month. Luckily, no one was hurt.

But what bothers me most about this bill is that not only was it rushed through, or that it has already proven to be a somewhat ineffective way to prevent mass school shootings. According to AP:
The House rejected an amendment to require psychological evaluations of those carrying the weapons.
The Mississippi State House voted down the idea of making sure someone was mentally sound before handing them a gun and sending them into a school.

That frightens me.

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