South Dakota Signs ‘Gun In Every Classroom’ Bill
by Tyler Durden
South Dakota is the first state, since the Newtown tragedy, to enact a law allowing teachers to carry guns in school. As Fox News reports, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed the bill that allows school districts to arm teachers and other personnel. Unsurprisingly, the measure prompted intense debate as many feared it “could make schools more dangerous, lead to accidental shootings,” and potentially put guns into untrained hands, as well as previously dismissed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan as “a marketing opportunity” for the industry to sell more guns. South Dakota, apparently, doesn’t stand alone on this issue (Utah has allowed teachers to wear concealed weapons for 12 years) but as Washington pushes forward on its gun control legislation, other states including Georgia, New Hampshire, and Kansas are working on similar measures. Rep. Scott Craig – the bill’s main sponsor – has received support from rural districts who do not have the funds for full-time law enforcement. While the Great Depression promised a ‘chicken in every pot’, our current repression appears to be heading towards a ‘gun in every classroom’.