In news sure to ruffle the feathers of some, Tennessee is opting to embrace guns rather than shy away from them following last week's massacre.
Tennessee State Sen. Frank Niceley (R) plans to introduce a bill in the next legislative session that would authorize the state to pay for secretly armed school staff on K-12 campuses. Niceley's got the ear of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, a fellow Republican, who's open to the idea as "part of his discussions about how to prevent a shooting like the one in Newtown from happening in the Volunteer State," as Talking Points Memo reports
Niceley elaborates on the reason for his proposal:
Say some madman comes in. If he doesn't know which teacher has training, then he wouldn't know which one had [a gun]. These guys are obviously cowards anyway and if someone starts shooting back, they're going to take cover, maybe go ahead and commit suicide like most of them have.
No teacher would be made to pack heat if they didn't want to, Niceley assured TPM
. Educators trained in firearm use would be volunteers, and would carry their own weapons to school.
Via Talking Points Memo