Arizona's attorney general proposed arming one principal or employee at each school to defend against attacks such as the recent Sandy Hook school massacre, reported CNN.
"The ideal solution would be to have an armed police officer in each school," Attorney General Tom Horne said in a recent news release. But budget cuts have limited the number of Arizona schools with "school resource officers" on campus, he said.
The "next best solution," Horne said, "is to have one person in the school trained to handle firearms, to handle emergency situations, and possessing a firearm in a secure location."
A school would be invited to send the principal "or another designee" to "training in the use of firearms and how to handle emergencies such as that which occurred in Newtown," Horne's release said. Horne's office would oversee the free training with help from sheriffs, according to CNN.
"The designated individual (no more than one per school) would then be authorized to keep a firearm locked in a secure place, and would have adequate communication to be alerted to an emergency in any part of the school," the release said.
Several Arizona sheriffs have joined in to support the proposal, Horne said.
Legislation to allow it will be introduced by the Republican leader in the state House, he said.
"This proposal presents a golden mean between two extremes," Horne told CNN. "One extreme is to allow all teachers to bring guns to school, which could create more dangers than it prevents. The other extreme is to do nothing, which everyone will regret if a preventable incident like Newtown would occur in the future."
To read more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/26/us/arizona-armed-principals/index.html
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