Cabarrus County lawmaker wants to allow teachers to carry guns at schools

A Cabarrus County lawmaker wants to discuss a plan to train and arm teachers, allowing them to carry guns onto school grounds.
 
Republican Rep. Larry Pittman from Cabarrus County told lawmakers of the Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee Thursday that he met with a police officer who wants to talk with lawmakers about training school personnel.
 
Antonio Rushing, who has two children who attend Billingsville Elementary in Charlotte’s Grier Heights community, supports Pittman’s idea.
 
“It would put ease at a lot of parents’ minds knowing that their kids are going to school, and the teacher is armed,” Rushing said.
Ruth Kee, a mom with three children at Billingsville, doesn’t like the idea of arming teachers. She says it sends the wrong message to kids about guns.
 
“They’ll look at it like, ‘Ok, it’s ok for my teacher to carry one so, when I get a certain age,’ or ‘My mommy and daddy got one, so it’s ok if I bring mine to school.”
 
Another mom of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools middle school student, Elizabeth Ouzts, also disagrees with Pittman’s idea.
 
“The idea of the good guy with a gun it doesn’t play out in reality. What happens in reality is if you have teachers armed and the police show up, they don’t know who the active shooter is because they’ve got to worry about 15 people with guns,” Ouzts said.
 
Rep. Pittman talked with lawmakers Thursday about his idea, but he wouldn’t talk with FOX 46 Charlotte. He never returned phone calls or an email from FOX 46.

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