January 8, 2014
Colorado State Sen. Ted Harvey introduced a bill which would allow teachers and other staff to carry concealed guns on school property and, although the bill was introduced before the Arapahoe High School shooting in Centennial, Colorado, last month, Harvey claims that the introduction of yet another tragedy only reiterates the need for armed staff in our schools.
On Dec. 13, 18-year-old James Pierson walked into the school armed with a shotgun, a machete and Molotov cocktails, and in less than two minutes shot one student and set the library on fire while looking for a teacher whom he had a previous altercation with.
Pierson shot himself as a school resource officer and a security guard closed in on him. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson called the presence of the two men “a critical element” in Pierson’s decision to take his life.