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Brownwood ISD responds to Gov. Rick Perry's view on guns in schools

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 19 2012 10:15:21 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 20 2012 08:55:09 AM CST


BROWNWOOD, Texas -

The ongoing debate about gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting tragedy has resulted in the notion of teachers toting guns at school.  

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he wants guns to be allowed in schools and that teachers should be allowed to carry them on campus.

"With our concealed handgun license, if you go through the process and you have been duly backgrounded and trained and you are a concealed handgun licensed individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state," Perry said.

Brownwood ISD Superintendent Reece Blincoe isn't convinced.

"I don't think it's a good idea. You know I'd like to see more evidence of where he's coming from. I'd like to see more research into this," Blincoe said.

Blincoe said he believes the negatives outweigh the positives when it comes to guns in classrooms.

"It could be turned on yourself. If somebody was stronger than you and was able to take the gun away from you it could be used against you and others in that proximity. So there's a lot of things that could go wrong, as well as one thing that could go right," Blincoe said.

In Brownwood ISD schools, Blincoe said the district’s lockdown plan and keeping all doors locked except one are better alternatives.