(NaturalNews) As more police chiefs and security experts call for arming educators in the wake of the horrific mass murder of 20 first graders and six adults, at least a few politicians who are looking outside the box for better solutions than gun bans have begun to back similar plans.
One politician backing the arming of teachers, principals and other school staff is former Republican presidential contender and current Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Emulating his state's strong and longstanding tradition of independence, Perry reaffirmed his commitment to the Second Amendment while hinting at a possible 2016 presidential bid, saying that once a person receives a concealed carry permit, they should be allowed to carry their weapon anywhere they choose, without restrictions.
That would mean, of course, allowing teachers to pack heat in the classroom.
Ready for 'knee-jerk reaction' from D.C.
"In the state of Texas, with our concealed handgun license, if you have been duly backgrounded and trained and you are a concealed handgun license carrying individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state," he said to a group of Tea Party enthusiasts and activists in North Richland Hills.
When asked by a local news reporter specifically whether concealed carry permit holders should be allowed to carry into schools, Perry said he favors "local control," which means each individual school district should be allowed to decide.
But, according to The Associated Press, Perry's speech "was interrupted by loud applause from the crowd" when he began discussing a school district in his state that already allows school personnel to be armed.
"One of the things that I hope we don't see from our federal government is this knee-jerk reaction from Washington, D.C., when there is an event that occurs, that they come in and they think they know the answer," he said, calling the events in Newtown, Conn., last week a tragedy that "is not right."
Perry's comments come as state legislatures around the nation tackle the issue of security at some of the most insecure places - like schools, which are essentially officially created and sanctioned gun-free zones just ripe for massacres.
A Senate bill in Michigan (S.B. 59) that has already passed the House would give citizens the right to carry firearms into "pistol free" zones. It is awaiting action by Gov. Rick Snyder, who could sign or veto it.
"There are some individuals who should never have access to firearms, like criminals and the mentally ill," she said in response to gun-control questions posed to her by the paper. "In reviewing our state statutes, I will pursue legislation this session to make clear that the state must accurately and promptly provide information on people who have been found mentally ill by a court, or who have been involuntarily committed to an institution."
Other lawmakers and state chief executives; however, are taking the opposite tact.
More of the insanity
President Barack Obama, according to various reports, is likely to back new legislation that would ban certain types of rifles, such as military look-alike weapons he and other Progressives call "assault weapons."
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, meanwhile, has vowed to continue the failed policies of the East Coast mindset in pushing for new gun control laws both in his state and on the federal level. He says "there must be some kind of balance that can be struck between the interests of sportsmen and hunters and the need to keep automatic weapons and large magazines, with all these rounds and the kind of ammunition that was used in Newtown, off the streets."
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and other prominent Progressives said essentially the same thing according to the Chicago Tribune.
For the record, in regard to those still pushing for the same old ban the guns "solution," the definition of insanity is essentially doing the same thing over and over again while hoping for a different result.