WASHINGTON D.C. – Missouri Republican Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler was a public school teacher before she ran for Congress and says students and teachers in our public schools are vulnerable to bad guys with guns.
Hartzler has proposed the “Police Officers Protecting Children Act.” The bill would allow schools to employ armed, off-duty or retired police officers.
Hartzler says the best way to stop gun violence in schools is to add more guns on campus.
Hartzler introduced the bill last year. The bill passed the house, but it never got a vote in the Senate.
Missouri Republican Congressman Jason Smith says he supports the bill because it leaves the decision up to the schools.
Hartzler says extra security wouldn’t cost the schools any money because it would be solely volunteers. And she says the retired or off duty officers would also have to complete the same gun training as active duty officers.