Kentucky House Committee Chairman: Arming Teachers "Last Resort"

Jan 25, 2013

Rep. Carl Rollins (D-Midway)

The chairman of the Kentucky House Education Committee said arming teachers should be considered a last resort as a way of making schools safer.

The Courier-Journal reports Midway Democrat Carl Rollins made the remarks during a meeting of a new state subcommittee on school safety.

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings--which took the lives of 20 students and six adults--the head of the National Rifle Association and some gun rights supporting politicians said the answer to gun violence in schools was to have armed security guards at every school in the country.

Others have suggested that arming teachers and administrators would be a deterrent to school shooters.

Rollins said allowing school personnel to carry weapons would likely just open the door to increased accidents on school campuses.