Governor Rick Perry Speaks out Following Connecticut Shooting
POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 8:26am
Last Friday police say Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown Connecticut leaving 20 children and six adults dead.
Monday Governor Rick Perry spoke in front of tea party members in North Richland Hills near Fort Worth. Perry indicates he supports allowing teachers and administrators to carry concealed handguns if they have licenses, but he added that local school districts should have the final say.
"If you go through the process and have dually back grounded and trained and are a concealed licensed individual you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in the state."
The Brownsville Independent School District says currently only commissioned police officers are allowed to carry guns on the BISD premise and security officers do not carry guns.
We asked people in the community their opinion whether teachers and administrators should be allowed to carry a concealed handgun if they have a handgun license.
Angie Davila from Brownsville has two grandchildren in elementary school.
"They should have security guards with guns but I don't think we should have teachers with guns, they should have more video cameras, I don't think the teachers should be armed."
Julia Moya is a Brownsville mother who has two kids in high school and one in elementary school.
"If they are licensed to carry it would be a safety issue towards the teachers and students, but you never know nowadays, personally law enforcement should be the ones."
BISD says since the shooting district schools have been running mock lockdown drills and are carefully reviewing their emergency operating procedures.
In addition, BISD officers have increased their patrols in and around district schools.