ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Maryland Del. Michael McDermott, R-District 38B, has taken aim at creating new ways to keep schools safe by proposing three bills.
The first bill would allow on- and off-duty police officers to be armed while on school grounds.
The second would allow teachers and other staff members to carry guns, as long as those teachers are properly trained.
The third bill would allow select school staff to be armed with Tasers.
Dianne Ness of Cambridge has grandchildren in Maryland schools. She said they would be better off if these bills pass.
"I am all for armed people in school that are licensed and that have a complete background check," Ness said.
But not everyone thinks these bills are a good idea. Some say the measures go too far.
"I think it is too much," said Shawkeen Johnson of Cambridge. "I think when you are talking about guns and Tasers and stuff it's not like it's happening all the time. I think there are other ways they can control situations."
"I think it's overkill right now," said Bob Tennanty of Cambridge. "Some of the schools already have a police presence there but I don't think guns should be in the school even with police officers." @
If the measures pass as is, schools would not be mandated to follow them. Schools would be able to decide what options best work for them. Some people, like Karen Brittingham of Cambridge, favor the idea of having Tasers instead of guns in schools.
"More than likely it would not kill anybody," she said. "Unless somebody had a bad heart, maybe it could do something but it was be the lesser of the evils."
McDermott said his goal is to create a shield of protection for students and schools.