Alabama lawmaker Will Ainsworth is proposing a new bill that will allow Alabama teachers to carry on campus in order to protect students and other staff in light go the recent school shooting in Florida.
According to the bill, teachers will be able to legally carry during school hours. He said that may teachers actually reached out to him on Thursday, asking how they can prevent something like this from happening in their schools.
“They wanted to know what we could do to prevent that in Alabama,” Ainsworth continued, “Our kids are literally sitting ducks. You saw the video online of kids having to hide behind desks they were literally defenseless. That’s where this came from.”
Ainsworth is planning on introducing legislation that would allow public school teachers and administrators to arm themselves during school hours.
The state representative believes this could deter school shootings in Alabama.
Ainsworth plans to work with lawmakers from other Alabama communities to draft this legislation. He says he thinks lawmakers around the nation should consider similar legislation. However, he doesn’t believe that current gun laws need to change.
“If a teacher, an administrator, a coach, a principal would like to be armed. They can go through a training process. It’s going to be a POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) process used for law enforcement and they can actually carry a firearm in the school system,” he added.
“They are going to be able to protect the kids and a gunman may think twice about going into a school,” Ainsworth concluded.
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