“If school districts want to hire armed security guards, I support that,” Feinstein said. “It’s a decision each school district should make, and many school districts already have armed guards. ... In fact, there were two armed law enforcement officers who twice engaged the shooters at Columbine. That didn’t prevent 15 from being killed and 23 wounded.”
“Should we have a conversation about school security? Yes. Should we have a conversation about mental illness and the culture of violence? Yes. But we can’t ignore the common denominator in all of these deadly massacres: access, easy access, to killing machines,” Feinstein said.
Even Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., a staunch gun rights supporter who previously served as an elementary school music teacher and a school board member, questioned the NRA’s proposal.
“I’m a school teacher. I used to do that,” Tester said. “I’m not sure that induces a good quality-of-learning environment.”
John Gramlich and Janie Lorber contributed to this report.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.