Teachers with concealed carry permits should be able to pack heat in the classroom, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a tea party group in North Richland Hills Monday night.
At Talking Points Memo, Igor Volsky noted that this makes Perry the “highest-ranking Republican official” to jump on the teachers-packing-heat bandwagon.
“You should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state” if you have a concealed handgun license, Perry said, according to the Associated Press. It should be up to individual school districts to decide whether teachers should be armed.
And the Austin American-Statesman‘s Jonathan Tilove pointed out that Perry drew applause when he mentioned that teachers and school administrators in Harrold Independent School District already carry weapons.
What else should be done in response to Sandy Hook? “Perry said that he believed lawmakers should consider mental health issues as well as ways to make schools safer,” the AP reported. (KXAN reported that Texas ranks last among states for mental health care funding.)