District 16 State Senator Lydia Brasch noted during her stop in West Point Friday that the 2014 legislative session will be short and busy.
So we hope she and her colleagues make quick work to shoot down District 44 Senator Mark Christensen’s attempt to revisit the idea of allowing Nebraska teachers to carry guns in school. Christensen this week says he plans to introduce legislation in January that could allow teachers to bring concealed weapons into classrooms. A similar bill died in committee two years ago, but Christensen said he’s preparing a new version with additional requirements before teachers or school administrators could qualify.
Christensen says the new proposal includes more stringent requirements than earlier versions. Teachers would first have to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon and would then undergo further training, possibly in a simulated school setting. The local school board would also have to say yes, which the public wouldn’t know about because that decision would be made in a closed session so teachers with guns couldn’t be identified.
We’re all for more measures to make sure students are safe at schools. But putting a gun in a teacher’s hand isn’t the answer.