California Assemblymember wants teachers, school staff to be armed

The controversy over gun control has sparked a new debate. Should teachers be armed inside the classroom? On Wednesday, California Assemblymember Tim Donnelly introduced AB 202 to make it happen. It's co-authored by Assemblymember Shannon Grove.

The controversy over gun control has sparked a new debate. Should teachers be armed inside the classroom?

On Wednesday, California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly introduced AB 202 to make it happen, co-authored by Assemblywoman Shannon Grove.

Donnelly said he wants to make sure school is safe for everyone.

"I think it's a great idea and I hope it goes through. I'd vote for it in a heartbeat," said Gaye Bunting, health teacher at Bakersfield College.

Bunting said having a gun inside her classroom would make her feel safe and give her a better opportunity to protect her students.

"If you were also armed, at least there would be a chance of fighting back and reducing the number of casualties or preventing them," she said.

Donnelly introduced AB 202 to establish the California School Marshal Plan.

"This is not about trying to bring more guns into schools. This is about saying when the teacher is faced with inexplicable evil that she can defend her life and the lives of the kids she loves," said Donnelly.

The plan would authorize school districts to pay for the training of qualified school employees on how to properly use weapons.

According to the Gun Free Zone Act of 1995, school officials may carry concealed firearms if the school permits it.

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove co-authored the bill.

In a statement, she said, "It's important to give schools around the state the opportunity to adopt preemptive security measures to protect kids in the classroom. This measure is just one piece of the puzzle."

However, some people in Bakersfield don't agree with the bill.

"I would be concerned that someone would get ahold of that gun. If you lock it up and put it away, by the time you unlock whatever it is, the problem will already be happening," said Arlene Weed, who opposes the bill.

Weed said guns and schools don't mix and AB 202 is the wrong idea.

But, Bunting hopes it passes.

"You'd have that feeling of safety, you aren't vulnerable and you don't have to be the victim of somebody else's violent intentions," said Bunting.

The bill now heads to committee.

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