Teachers’ union says teachers ‘should be able to use their guns for protection’
Teachers’ unions across the United States are calling on their members to keep their guns at home after a spate of deadly shootings, arguing that their constitutional right to self-defense was violated in the wake of the school shooting in Colorado.
On Thursday, the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) issued a joint statement, saying that teachers should not be allowed to carry weapons in school.
The NASSP said teachers have been warned that “a gun may be used as a weapon in a shooting situation,” and said the union was “concerned that the use of weapons in schools could be a catalyst for a larger problem.”
The NEA and NASSp also said teachers should be able “to use their weapons to defend themselves in a manner that is consistent with the Second Amendment.”
The gun control groups, which have been working together on legislation, called for the right to carry a gun in schools, arguing it is the only way to prevent “potential acts of violence,” according to a press release from the two groups.
The statement also calls for gun ownership and “the right to protect oneself with a firearm for self-protection.”
The gun rights advocates have been pushing for expanded gun rights in recent months, following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December that left 20 children and six adults dead.
The shootings in Colorado and at another school in Georgia led to calls for more restrictions on gun ownership.
In Georgia, state lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow school teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom.
The bill has garnered support from both the NRA and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, which has a gun policy policy center.
Georgia is one of several states that has seen a spate in shootings, including a mass shooting in July that left nine dead at a community college in South Carolina.
In Colorado, a group of students were shot and killed in a classroom at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the deadliest school shooting on record.
On Wednesday, three students died and another was injured in a mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, and a shooting at a gas station in Texas.