Alabama lawmaker on arming teachers: Most women don’t want to carry a gun
An Alabama state representative on Thursday argued that the state should not arm its teachers because most are women.
“I’m not saying all [women], but in most schools, women are [the majority] of the teachers,” state Rep. Harry Shiver (R) told AL.com.
“Some of them just don’t want to [be trained to possess firearms],” he added. “If they want to, then that’s good. But most of them don’t want to learn how to shoot like that and carry a gun.”
Shiver also told the news outlet that he believes it’s problematic for teachers to have guns because first responders could mistake them for a threat during an active shooter situation.
His comments come as the federal government seeks to “harden” schools against future shootings by arming teachers.
The Trump administration, earlier this week, unveiled a series of proposals designed to make schools safer. They include a plan to have the Department of Justice partner with state and local law enforcement to provide school personnel with voluntary firearm training.
The president has repeatedly advocated for arming teachers and “hardening” schools to protect them from threats. He has suggested teachers could undergo training and receive a bonus if they are willing to carry a firearm.
Lawmakers and school officials have largely opposed the idea.