Sen. Rand Paul just introduced legislation that would make actual changes to gun control measures in an attempt to make American schools safer for students and families once again, reports Independent Journal Review.
The Republican senator from Kentucky just introduced legislation on Thursday that would end gun-free school zones and enable teachers and school personnel to arm themselves and be able to protect their students in the event that an armed gunman enters the school.
This legislation is in response to the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead. In the aftermath of the devastating massacre, people from both sides of the aisle have been shouting for changes to how we view gun control and gun law policies in the U.S.
The law was originally put in place by the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and bans all weapons on school property in an attempt to reduce violence. However, criminals generally don’t have any desire to follow these laws anyway, so why even bother having them in the first place.
Paul’s bill would repeal the act and all amendments to it, so school personnel and safely and legally arm themselves.
“If my kids were at that school, I would have preferred that the teacher had concealed-carry and had a gun in her desk,” Paul said in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy.
Andrew Pollack, the father of Parkland shooting victim Meadow Pollack, agrees with Paul on arming teachers.
“You have the choice to go to any school you want, so my answer to them is, ‘If you don’t want a teacher or a marshal or you don’t want someone with a gun at your school, you go to a gun-free school zone. That’s where you go,’” Pollack told CNN.
Many conservatives have been advocating and arguing that teachers be allowed to carry guns to school and even President Trump has suggested offering bonuses to teachers who do.