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Putting guns in schools: What could possibly go wrong?

Proximity to guns is such a health risk that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2000 recommending that pediatricians urge parents to remove all guns from their homes. The group renewed its commitment last year, just two months before 20 children were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Now some state lawmakers think the answer to our Sandy Hook fears is to put guns in our schools. HB109, sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, would essentially let principals select teachers and other employees to carry concealed weapons on campus. A House subcommittee voted 10-3 last week in support of the idea, which calls for school personnel to take a 40-hour weapons course and wear the firearms all day.

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