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The Talker: Should teachers be armed? Illinois pro-gun group thinks so

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Extreme problems sometimes call for extreme solutions.

Some are putting forth a plan to allow teachers to carry guns in class, as a way to prevent what happened last week in Connecticut.

Supporters say it would give the people in schools a chance to protect themselves, instead of being helpless while waiting for police.

Some also say schools are magnets for potential violence because they're soft targets where dangerous people know they'll meet little resistance.

The head of the pro-gun Illinois State Rifle Association says the first thing he would do is put an armed security guard in each school. He says he'd also be okay with teachers, or any school workers, carrying guns so long as they're fully trained and licensed.

The head of the state teachers union would not be okay with it. He said it's hard to understand how any sane person could suggest arming teachers.

But the idea is gaining some traction. Since last Friday, lawmakers in six states have proposed allowing teachers to carry guns.

A state senator in Tennessee wants to look at requiring that at least one school employee be armed at all times. The day before the Connecticut shootings, lawmakers in Michigan happened to approve a bill to allow guns in schools. But on Tuesday, the state's governor vetoed the bill. He said violence like this is so complex, laws need to be considered from a broader and more complete perspective.

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