by Brian Washington
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Although efforts failed about three years ago, a Nebraska state senator is going to try again this legislative session to pass a bill that would arm teachers and faculty on K-12 school grounds and college and university campuses, but, this time, the bill will be limited to rural areas.
The lawmaker, who happens to be one of the strongest gun advocates in the state legislature, believes the climate for his bill—which would allow educators to carry concealed firearms—may have improved following the deadly shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Last year, in the aftermath of Newtown, state lawmakers in legislatures nationwide introduced more than 30 bills designed to allow school personnel or volunteers to carry firearms—with six states passing such legislation.
Currently, in Nebraska, only law enforcement officers can carry guns in schools and on college and university campuses. The leader of Nebraska State Education Association—which represents 28-thousand school teachers and other education professionals across the state—believes giving guns to school personnel is a bad idea.
I would say there has been absolutely zero interest in arming teachers,” said Nancy Fulton, NSEA President. “We are very opposed to having any type of gun in school.
School board members and superintendents have also joined Fulton in opposition to the idea of arming educators. Some have also worried that doing so might create liability insurance problems.
NSEA is an affiliate of the National Education Association, which represents about 3 million educators across the nation. The NEA is also against arming educators. NEA released a poll last year, following the deadly Newtown shootings, which showed educators nationwide overwhelming reject the idea of arming school employees and support stronger laws to prevent gun violence.
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