Ohio governor to sign bill allowing teachers to be armed

Ohio governor to sign bill allowing teachers to be armed. State school districts could start arming employees as soon as this fall. Repub...

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  • Ohio governor to sign bill allowing teachers to be armed.
  • State school districts could start arming employees as soon as this fall.
  • Republicans say measure could prevent school shootings.

Ohio school districts could begin arming employees as soon as this fall under legislation passed by Republican lawmakers and to be signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, reported The Associated Press.

Democrats said the proposal, which is optional for schools, sends the wrong message a week after the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Republicans say the measure could prevent future shootings.

Weapons for teachers?

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The legislators expedited the bill to counter the impact of a court ruling that said armed school workers would need hundreds of hours of training under current law.

The bill will protect children by ensuring instruction is specific to schools and includes meaningful scenario-based training, DeWine said Wednesday night in announcing his support for the controversial bill.

Could shootings be prevented?

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The move is opposed by major law enforcement groups, gun control advocates and teachers’ unions in the state, who asked DeWine to veto the measure. It is supported by a handful of police departments and school districts.

Under the latest version of the bill, school employees who carry weapons would need up to 24 hours of initial training and then up to eight hours of re-qualification training a year. DeWine, who is expected to sign the bill into law later this month, also announced that the state’s construction budget will provide $100 million for school safety improvements to schools and $5 million for improvements to universities.

Biden pleads for action

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“Enough, enough,” President Joe Biden exclaimed over and over Thursday night, delivering an impassioned address to the nation in which he implored Congress to take action against gun violence that has turned schools and other everyday places into “extermination camps.”

If lawmakers fail to act, he warned, voters should use their “outrage” to make this a central issue in the November election. Speaking from the White House, Biden acknowledged the strong political winds that are blowing against him as he tries to increase pressure on Congress to pass stricter limits on guns, after such efforts failed following previous attacks.

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