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Waltfl 04:21 PM on 01/11/2013
  Lo and behold! When it comes to guns, Texas suddenly finds funds for teachers training. Other than that, education in Texas is a shame on all levels, because math, science, and critical thinking are being systematically defunded. 

Texas has managed to defund education for several years in a row. It ranks 33-31 in the nationwide Math/Science statistics. In 2011, Texas cut public education  Read More...
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Charles Thielman
All Hands on Deck! says GrandFather Poet
11:10 AM on 01/12/2013
Hmmm.... interesting, South Carolina, with its high rates of gun violence and teen pregnancy, also has [rampant] legalized gambling impacting the mental health of its citizens, while its red-state governor tries to criminalize and block Obamacare.....
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Epitomee
11:08 AM on 01/12/2013
Okay, I am not trying to be funny but I remember a good number of my high school teachers having some anger issues. The idea of giving said angry teacher who had a drinking problem with a gun, kinda terrifies me. I am not painting all teachers as angry but some of them do have emotional issues. Let's remember that some of the teachers have been prosecuted for underage relations with the students. I am scratching my head on this concept.
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ajkite
A little sass never hurt anybody...
11:23 AM on 01/12/2013
I agree. They are human and have problems and emotions like the rest of us.
11:41 AM on 01/12/2013
Exactly!!!
Carol Lutz
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11:07 AM on 01/12/2013
This is nothing new. A town a few miles from where I live has had armed teachers for years.
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thedragonclaw
Dublin's freindly neighborhood Comic Book guy
11:06 AM on 01/12/2013
And what wil happen when that rare crazy teacher snaps and kills his / her classroom? We've seen teachers cross the line sexually with their students, we've seen teachers that have become violent and abusive with their students. Or what happens when an angry student overpowers that teacher who becomes the first casualty in yet another tradgedy? Placing more guns near our kids simply can't be the answer.
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vandenbosch41
11:06 AM on 01/12/2013
Israel armed there teachers and they have the safest schools in the world.
It's the world we live in today, people need to get there head out of the sand.
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ajkite
A little sass never hurt anybody...
11:27 AM on 01/12/2013
They but they are under thread of invasion at all times. All serve in the military as well as learn to fly F-16's. The United States is not under threat of invasion unless Canada and Mexico decide to take us out. Unlikely.

It's a different world there.
11:05 AM on 01/12/2013
Simple question. Will this make kids in school more or less safe? I would say more. As would David Gregory and his ilk with kids in private school with armed security guards.

Tell me why you think this would make kids LESS safe, please. Not how money could be better spent elsewhere, not how we need to focus on banning guns because that is the "real solution", not how Texans and everyone from the South are stupid.

How exactly does this make kids LESS safe.

Thank you.
jjtx
living between the trees
11:05 AM on 01/12/2013
"Teachers sign up to teach, not to be armed security guards in their classrooms," Robison said. "Even well-trained security guards with pistols are going to be at a disadvantage to a suicidal maniac with an assault rifle." Robison is the leader of the Texas State Teachers Association.

Robison is so right. My son teaches in an elementary school. If he had wanted to be a police officer, he would have applied to a police academy. He did not! He wanted to teach elementary students.
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MarkBoston
ability to see through all the BS
11:04 AM on 01/12/2013
is anyone surprised that is is coming out of Texas ???
Carol Lutz
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11:25 AM on 01/12/2013
No.

We do get a big laugh out of Barney Frank though...........
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MarkBoston
ability to see through all the BS
11:57 AM on 01/12/2013
and we here in Massachusetts love our Barney ! He pisses off the right big time , so we know he's doing something well done : )
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11:04 AM on 01/12/2013
Insanity is spreading within the Republican Party. Is it possible that these lunatics have a virus? No common sense left, banning assault weapons and large capacity mags, is the solution. Congress needs to get it done now!
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EvoQPY3
Question Authority, All Governments Lie
04:22 PM on 01/12/2013
Why do you want to Ban so called Assault Weapons ? That term Assault Weapons was invented back in the 90's by the News Media before then it did not exist. But the Ar 15 and AK 47 have been around for at least 30 years prior. Te very first Ar 15 was a Stainless Steel version of the Military M16 rifle that our troops used. There is a huge difference though, the Military version was an Automatic Rifle, one trigger pull multiple bullets fired, the Civilian Ar 15 is a One Trigger Pull One Bullet fired rifle. I also want to ask WHY again do you want to Ban this Rifle ? Adam Lanza did NOT use this Ar 15 to kill anyone, the Ar 15 he had was found locked in his trunk of his car after Police found Lanza dead in the school. Lanza being the deranged killer that he was used 2 hand guns to kill those poor children. So why the talk on Banning the Ar 15 type Rifles ?
11:03 AM on 01/12/2013
As an American, I'm interested in what others (across the globe) think of us on this particular issue. Let's keep it simple for starters, that is, what are your thoughts (non-Americans) regarding guns in schools?
Carol Lutz
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11:10 AM on 01/12/2013
As an American, I am not concerned about what citizens of other countries think.

However, if there is anybody from Syria (where their government is killing its citizens at present) go ahead and let's hear what you think.
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jd2020
Bill the Cat for President
11:03 AM on 01/12/2013
Teachers packing deadly weapons. This will surely make kids feel safer. How much longer are we going to let ignorance and fear rule our lives? But then again, Texas is the birthplace of politics of fear.
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Bat5hade
11:02 AM on 01/12/2013
Fear...I think this best sums up what is being used here. After Newtown the NRA was silent, and now people who are against any form of gun control are using this tactic. In a state like Texas that doesn't fund education well how can they expect teachers to carry guns in schools to protect children without paying the teachers more money? There seems to be a huge contradiction here to me. Why are you going to pay teachers only $25,000 to $40,000 a year and expect them to carry guns in schools to protect kids, but when they ask for a pay increase they get upset? It seems to me teachers need to get hazard pay if you want them to do this. That means a pay increase up to $35,000 to $55,000 a year and where do they expect to get this money? You will have to increase taxes, and states like Texas don't believe in doing that so we are at another impasse. You don't fund education and expect the teachers to be low paid security guards, or the teachers start getting paid the proper wage they should receive. If I were a teacher in a state like Texas I would demand a raise in pay and demand better schools for the children. You couldn't use fear to bully me into doing this. This is my logic on the situation.
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11:02 AM on 01/12/2013
I certainly think that bargaining with the local school boards would be a lot easier for the teachers at contract time.
11:02 AM on 01/12/2013
So how much taxpayer money will go to the NRA - you KNOW they will do the training. And each time someone leaves the school district, you will pay for training another person ? Spend your money more wisely. One-time investments in electonic scanning at entrances, bullet proof doors and windows.
mychelsea1234
looking to the future with no repubs
11:02 AM on 01/12/2013
Why am I not surprised that this "shoot first and ask questions second" state would endorse this practice?