On Monday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon showed more sense than the rest of the state’s government, vetoing a bill that would have allowed trained teachers to carry firearms in their classrooms. Standing up to the gun-fetishists that seem to think the solution to school violence is more violence, Nixon made the astute observation that putting more guns into schools might actually be bad for student safety.
While Nixon doesn’t support arming teachers, he does support having law enforcement officers connected with the school:
“Arming teachers will not make our schools safer. I have supported and will continue to support the use of duly authorized law enforcement officers employed as school resource officers, but I cannot condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids.”
The move is sure to butt heads with Missouri’s legislature, which is largely Republican and so probably in the pocket of the NRA. Some have already spoken their disappointment with the governor, insisting having armed civilians on the premises could stop a shooter before the police arrive. Because of course what every mass shooting needs is more people firing into the crowd.
Also part of the bill: towns would now be unable to ban the open carrying of firearms as long as the owner has a conceal-carry permit. The conceal-carry age would also go from 21 to 19.
While we should applaud Nixon’s stand against these gun-obsessed lunatics, unfortunately it seems likely that the veto may be overturned in September when the House and Senate reconvene.