Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 18, 2012

Va. gov: Time to discuss arming school officials


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says policymakers should discuss allowing school officials to carry firearms on campus.

If school officials were trained and chose to have a weapon, McDonnell says they might have an opportunity to stop someone from trying to get into a school.

The Republican governor addressed the issue Tuesday during his monthly radio show on Washington’s WTOP.

He says policy changes shouldn’t occur in the immediate aftermath of an event such as the mass shooting on Friday at a Connecticut elementary school. But he says it’s appropriate to hold a larger discussion about related issues.

McDonnell says gun control isn’t a comprehensive solution to violence in America. He says access to mental health care, personal responsibility and the overall health of our culture also should be discussed.