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Ariz. Senate approves bill to arm small schools

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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 10:21 am

Earlier this week, the Arizona Senate passed a bill that would allow teachers, administrators, a custodian or cafeteria worker to be armed in some suburban schools to be armed.

Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, sponsored SB 1325, which he says will improve student safety. The bill is aimed at providing schools a self-defense resource if they come under attack by a gunman.

The debate started after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 several months ago.

The bill is limited to schools with fewer than 600 students that are located more than 30 minutes and 20 miles from the closest law enforcement facility.

If a school board decides to allow a school official to be armed, they are required to go through specific training under the law.

The designated employee would have to be educated on maintenance and marksmanship, judgmental shooting and legal issues relating to the use of deadly force.

While Democrats still question the bill, in the House of Representatives, there is talk that the bill could be expanded even further.

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  • John Flanagan posted at 1:28 pm on Fri, Mar 15, 2013.

    John Flanagan Posts: 380

    Although I support the Second Amendment right to bear arms by the citizens of our state and country, it goes without question, and common sense suggests, that not all people should carry a weapon. I do not see how a background check alone will weed out those unfit, unable, or unwilling to reserve the use of deadly force to those situations which require it. There are those who walk among us who are bad tempered, easily angered over real or imagined slights to their pride. There are those who simply do not know that you cannot shoot a fleeing burglar; the law would convict you of murder because the criminal is running away from you and there is no threat of attack on you. The use of deadly force and the legal circumstances for a civilian to shoot is dictated by the law. The frame of mind of the shooter, if no real threat is imminent, is no real defense. In that situation, prison will result. In arming school employees, it is essential those armed be suitably trained and of proven sound mind.


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