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South Dakota Gov Signs Bill Allowing Armed Teachers in Classrooms

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Friday signed a bill allowing teachers to carry guns in school, making his state the first to enact such a law since the Newtown shooting tragedy.

The bill was pushed by gun-rights supporters who say arming teachers could help prevent tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 students and six educators died. The law, which goes into effect July 1, will allow school districts to arm teachers and other personnel.

But the measure prompted intense debate in the capital, as several representatives of school boards, school administrators and teachers opposed the bill during committee testimony last month. They said the measure could make schools more dangerous, lead to accidental shootings and put guns in the hands of people who are not adequately trained to shoot in emergency situations.

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  • Of course the people who are against this do not know which is the business end of a weapon. Those that do know weapons do not shoot like Biden whose answer to protection is a shot gun. Of course we all know this is rather counter productive in a crowded situation or not being able to see a target.