For Better School Security, Texas Lawmakers Push for Increased Access to Guns
While the federal government and other states ponder more rigorous gun control laws following the shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, some legislators in Texas have taken the opposite approach. They have emphasized the need to make firearms more available, and their discussions have included increasing access for teachers and other school personnel.
Ahead of the 83rd legislative session, bills have been proposed with that mission in mind. The efforts have drawn the praise of statewide elected officials including Gov. Rick Perry. But even lawmakers who support arming school personnel can disagree on how to go about it — and other critics say the debate is a distraction from addressing a more a difficult issue that would go further toward improving school security, state support for mental health.