AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called Friday for state-funded, specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings.
Dewhurst said school districts would nominate who they wanted to carry weapons on campus. The training would be more extensive than what is currently required for a Texas concealed handgun license and include how to react technically and emotionally in an active shooter situation.
The proposal came in the aftermath of last month's mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman slaughtered 20 children and six adults before killing himself. Vice President Joe Biden has been meeting with groups this week to develop policy recommendations on how to prevent such tragedies.
The National Rifle Association has called for armed guards in every school in America and rejected any further restrictions on gun purchases or ownership.
Dewhurst offered no other details of his plan on Friday, and said the amount of state funding needed would depend on the number of school districts that participate and how many people want the training. School districts would not be required to participate.
Dewhurst has a concealed handgun license and made his comments in a speech to the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation.