In response to last week's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, a Republican legislator in South Dakota on Monday said that she will introduce a bill that would permit school personnel — from teachers to janitors — to bring guns to their workplace.
State Rep. Betty Olson of Prairie City, S.D. told the Associated Press that arming faculty members could have thwarted gunman Adam Lanza and minimized the carnage in Newtown, Conn.
"Those children and teachers, that was like shooting fish in a barrel," Olson said.
From the AP:
In a scenario described by Olson, armed school personnel could have felled Lanza with a lethal shot by waiting for him to reload or turn his head. Olson dismissed the idea that people attempting to intervene could injure others in the crossfire or become victims themselves.
"They're going to be dead regardless, the way I see it, so (being armed) is the only chance they've got," she said.