Legislation to Arm Teachers Moves Forward in Tennessee Legislature
On April 5, 2022, a committee in the Tennessee State House advanced legislation that would let teachers carry firearms in classroom settings. This bill’s introduction comes in the wake of the Covenant School mass shooting that witnessed a deranged transgender individual kill three students and three faculty members.
This bill was met with criticism from Democrats in the State House.
“Our community is still grieving last week’s mass shooting at Covenant elementary that took 6 lives – their solution is more guns,” stated State Representative Justin Jones. “Shameful”, she added.
Tennessee is one of the most pro-gun states in the nation. According to Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owners rankings, Tennessee is ranked in 12th place, which makes sense given how it recently passed Constitutional Carry legislation in 2021. Should school security legislation of this nature be passed in Tennessee, its pro-gun profile will only improve. Having qualified teachers being able to carry is one of several ways to keep schools safe without having to get the federal government involved. Gun free zones have clearly failed. It’s time for policymakers to pass more pro-gun alternatives to these pro-criminal safe spaces.