Chalmette Representative Raymond Garafalo will reintroduce a bill in the regular session that would allow school educators to carry weapons on campus if they have proper training. Garafalo first suggested the idea in 2014, but it was shot down by House Criminal Justice committee. In the wake of recent threats and attacks, Garafalo says allowing guns in the classroom may prevent future mass school shootings.
"The deterrence level of a criminal or a crazy person knowing that there is a possibility that they are going to run into armed resistance at a school is a lot more than we have now."
Garafalo says faculty who choose to voluntarily carry, would be trained appropriately while law enforcement officers would be notified as to who has a weapon and which teachers don’t.
"We would allow teachers and administrators to go through a 40 hour course that would be designed by the Louisiana State Police that would train them specifically for these type of incidents."
Garafalo says this legislation will be a step in the right direction since the only sure way to stop the violence is to take all guns away.
"But there is no way to do that. That will never happen. It's an impossibility. There are so many guns in society, it would be impossible to take them all away."