Virginia governor: Let's talk about arming teachers

Virginia governor: Let's talk about arming teachers

Reported the Examiner:

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell would consider arming teachers and principals to prevent another school shooting like the one last week in Newtown, Conn.

"There's been a knee-jerk reaction against that," McDonnell said Tuesday morning on WTOP. "I think we at least need to discuss that."  (read more)

McDonnell said there has been "knee-jerk" reaction to the idea, and I must admit that my knee jerked against it.

But...

If Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung had been armed, she might well have died anyway. Then maybe she would have stopped Adam Lanza before he had entered the second classroom, or even the first. Would it have saved at least a few lives?

Then again, a gunman doesn't have to enter a school to shoot it up. With the insides of so many classrooms visible from the outside through their windows, would we now have to install bullet-proof windows at every school?

The mind boggles.

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