How Texas Tackles Gun Control

State politicians propose solutions ranging from arming teachers to praying for protection.
Fri January 18, 2013 11:45 pm
Associated Press | Rick Bowmer

Gun control—always a hot-button issue—has evoked some particularly incendiary responses following President Barack Obama’s new policy proposals. While universal background checks appear to have widespread support, the common perception is that his game plan for gun control faces an uphill battle in Washington.

Never ones to be outdone by federal tinkering, public servants in Texas have already started firing back with proposals and solutions of their own. Here are a few of big ideas that have been bandied about:

Gun-Toting Teachers

Is the best person to stop a homicidal school shooter a professor packing heat? Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has proposed a state-funded program that would provide specialized firearms training for teachers and school administrators.

Dewhurst said, “With the increased violence we’ve seen in public schools in recent years, we must do everything we can to protect the safety and well-being of our most precious possession—our children.”

In a speech given to the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation January 11, Dewhurst emphasized that the training would have to

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