“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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.