Armed Educators: In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is proposing to arm school principals.
Horne said the ideal solution would be for every school to employ an armed police officer, but budget restrictions make that too expensive.
Instead, Horne said, the "next best solution is to have one person in the
school trained to handle firearms, to handle emergency situations, and
possessing a firearm in a secure location."
Horne compared the plan to the FAA arming airline pilots after the attacks of September 11, 2001. On December 14, 20 children and six adults were killed when a gunman opened fire inside at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Horne argued that having an armed employee in the school may have prevented some of the deaths in that shooting.
Under Horne's proposal, each school's principal or another designee would undergo firearm traning with help from sheriffs. Then, states Horne's release, "The designated individual (no more than one per school) would then be
authorized to keep a firearm locked in a secure place, and would have
adequate communication to be alerted to an emergency in any part of the