This school shooting in Parkland, Florida this week that left 17 people dead took center stage for Alabama lawmakers. On Thursday, Republican state Rep. Will Ainsworth announced plans to introduce legislation that would allow teachers to carry firearms during school hours. The law would require training. But as Don Dailey, host of Alabama Public Television’s Capitol Journal tells WBHM’s Gigi Douban, state lawmakers have been deeply divided over how to keep schools safe.
I will be introducing legislation allowing teachers to undergo firearms training and arm themselves during school hours. As the parent of three public school students, I believe we must act now in order to prevent another tragedy.https://t.co/xfMifkIzaB
— Will Ainsworth (@willainsworthAL) February 15, 2018
Democratic lawmakers like Rep. John Rodgers of Birmingham called attention to the proliferation of guns. Other groups spoke in opposition to the bill. Ainsworth is running for lieutenant governor this year.