Gun-toting teachers and open-carry folly vetoed by Jay Nixon

07/15/2014 12:00 AM

07/15/2014 6:13 PM

Shooting back against Missouri’s rampant pro-gun culture, Gov. Jay Nixon sensibly has vetoed a proposed law to arm teachers in public schools.

Just as notably, Nixon’s veto also means the state for now can’t tell cities they must allow people to openly carry firearms around. Some municipalities have barred that absurd practice.

Finally, the veto prevents kids who are 19 and 20 from getting concealed carry permits.

Last year Nixon won a battle — barely — with the Republican-controlled General Assembly when his veto of a bill aimed at nullifying federal gun legislation was sustained in Jefferson City.

Let’s hope reason prevails and, in 2014, enough lawmakers do the right thing and uphold Nixon’s latest veto.

The General Assembly in recent years has fallen hook, line and sinker for the firearm industry’s profit-driven mantra that more weapons in the homes, schools and businesses of the state is a good thing.

Nixon is at least trying to derail that myth.

On Monday, he blasted away at the ridiculous notion that arming teachers would make schools safer.

“I have supported and will continue to support the use of duly authorized law enforcement officers employed as school resource officers, but I cannot condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids.”

Here’s what Andrea Flinders of the Kansas City Federation of Teachers said recently: “Even with training, I think there’s too many things that could happen that could go wrong. Whether a student finds the gun in a teacher’s purse or the teacher leaves it somewhere.”

Excellent points, and clearly aimed at the gun lovers who are seeking to put weapons in the hands of as many people as possible in this state.

Back came the little lie that teachers could save kids’ lives.

But if you look more deeply into this, it appears there’s a lot of money to be made by pro-gun groups that want to get teachers and administrators all revved up to be trained to shoot at people in schools.

The General Assembly will try to override Nixon’s veto in September. Failing to do so would be a small but important victory for gun sanity in Missouri.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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