Pro-Gun Control Group: Most Schools Don't Want Their Teachers to Have Guns
One Texas school has made headlines in recent weeks with a sign on school grounds warning that its teachers are armed.
“Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students," the sign reads.
It's part of a program, approved in January by district officials, to protect kids from an armed attacker.
The teachers who carry firearms must have and maintain a handgun license, pass a psychological evaluation and undergo firearms and emergency response training.
Seven other states - South Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama - have also passed legislation to make it legal for teachers to carry a gun following the Dec. 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
Some parents in Argyle, like Lacey Fenoglio, applaud the move, but at least one pro-gun control group has spoken out against it.
"Exponentially more schools have said, 'Thanks but no thanks, we'd rather not have guns on school property,' " said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. "If you talk to most teachers and educators, their response is, let teachers teach and let law-enforcement officers do their jobs."
Fenoglio, who has two daughters in the school, joined Steve Doocy this morning to offer her response.
"I guess I would just ask: should your child ever be in such a horrible situation as a shooter in their school, would you be OK with it taking five or maybe even ten minutes before law enforcement could arrive?" she argued, noting that most school shootings are over within three to five minutes and the "damage is done" before help can get there.
Last week on Fox and Friends, Greg Coker, creator of the Shield 91 program that helps schools effectively arm teachers, echoed those sentiments.
Watch the interview and let us know where you stand amid this growing debate about how to keep kids safe from school shooters.