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Ala. Lawmaker: Women Teachers Have 'More Things to Worry About Than a Gun'

Ala. Lawmaker: Women Teachers Have 'More Things to Worry About Than a Gun'
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By    |   Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:19 AM EDT

A Republican state lawmaker in Alabama says he's against arming teachers because they have "more things to worry about than a gun."

"We don't need to have a lady teacher in a school that's got a firearm… I taught for 32 years, and it's mostly ladies that's teaching, and they got more things to worry about than a gun," state Rep. Harry Shiver, R-Stockton, told Alabama's WSFA.

"I'm not saying all (women), but in most schools are (the majority) of the teachers. Some of them just don't want to. If they want to, then that's good. But most of them don't want to learn how to shoot like that and carry a gun," Shiver added.

Shiver's comments were over a bill sponsored by Rep. Will Ainsworth that would allow schools to designate trained teachers and administrators and allow them to carry guns on school campuses. The bill now heads to the Alabama House after a positive report in a public safety committee, AL.com reported.

Shiver said to AL.com that he would be likely to abstain from voting on the bill.

"I've heard… that 75 percent of Republicans support it, but I was there live and in person and I know what it is like in the schools. Most women wouldn't like to be put in that position. I know from south Alabama, they wouldn't," said Shiver, a retired physical education teacher who was a coach for 32 years in Bay Minette, Alabama.

Another objection from Shiver was that police officers could accidentally shoot teachers, AL.com reported.

He said that he has family members who were or are highway patrolmen. Those members have told him "when the highway patrolman bursts onto a site like that, they shoot the first one holding a gun out. They aren't told that person is qualified (to carry a weapon). They don't know," Shiver said, according to AL.com.

Most teachers in the U.S. are against any plan that would include arming them and other school staff members, according to a Gallup survey released Friday.

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A Republican state lawmaker in Alabama says he's against arming teachers because they have "more things to worry about than a gun."
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2018-19-21
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:19 AM
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