Governor Blunt Sounds Off on Joplin School Shooting Incident

OCTOBER 10, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT

JOPLIN, MO - Governor Blunt says it's worth discussing proposals from some lawmakers that would permit teachers to carry firearms in school.

The governor was in Joplin for a meeting when a seventh-grader walked into a middle school in the city and fired one shot.  Police say it appeared the 13-year-old had planned a major attack.

Blunt says that after school shootings in the country earlier this month, he had already told the State Department of Public Safety to talk with school boards around the state about enhancing school safety.

And he says he's going to add a school representative to regional homeland task forces around the state.

Some other national lawmakers proposed allowing teachers to carry guns, after the shootings earlier this month.

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