Va. Gov: Time to Discuss Arming School Officials

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says policymakers should discuss allowing school officials to carry firearms on campus.

If school officials were trained and chose to have a weapon, McDonnell says they might have an opportunity to stop someone from trying to get into a school.

The Republican governor addressed the issue Tuesday during his monthly radio show on Washington's WTOP (http://bit.ly/VP1qIu).

He says policy changes shouldn't occur in the immediate aftermath of an event such as the mass shooting on Friday at a Connecticut elementary school. But he says it's appropriate to hold a larger discussion about related issues.

McDonnell says gun control isn't a comprehensive solution to violence in America. He says access to mental health care, personal responsibility and the overall health of our culture also should be discussed.


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