According to The Province, South Dakota is now allowing teachers and "other personnel" to carry guns in schools, reportedly so that "the so-called sentinels could help prevent tragedies such as the Connecticut school shooting in December. The law will go into effect July 1."
The measure reflects a growing divide in the U.S. between those who, like President Barack Obama, believe guns need to be more strictly regulated and supporters of the powerful gun lobby the National Rifle Association, which maintains that more guns keep people safer.
Several representatives of school boards, school administrators and teachers opposed the bill during committee testimony last month.
The measure could make schools more dangerous, lead to accidental shootings and put guns in the hands of people who are not adequately trained to shoot in emergency situations, opponents said.
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