Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced a bill Thursday that would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, along with all of its amendments, in order to facilitate arming teachers and other staff in an effort to increase schools' defenses against potential gunmen.
The law bans weapons in and around all public and private K-12 schools, with limited exceptions. Its supporters say the law is needed to reduce violence at schools.
But the Republican senator disagrees. In fact, Paul began calling for the arming of teachers in the wake of Sandy Hook shooting in 2013.
"If my kids were at that school, I would have preferred that the teacher had concealed-carry and had a gun in her desk," Paul said then, according to USA Today.
"Is it perfect? No. Would they always get the killer? No. Would an accident sometimes happen in a melee? Maybe. But nobody had any defense, and he just kept shooting until he was tired and he decided to shoot himself," he said of the Connecticut shooting.