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Recent shooting fuels debate on allowing guns in schools

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Posted at 5:05 PM, Jan 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-27 12:11:12-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hours after authorities say a 15-year-old student shot and killed two classmates at a western Kentucky high school, a Republican senator in the state's Capitol rushed to file a bill intended to prevent future tragedies by putting more guns in schools.

Similar bills have been filed in FloridaIndianaPennsylvania and South Carolina, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 

The legislation from state Sen. Steve West would let local districts hire armed marshals to patrol public schools, make citizen's arrests and protect people from "imminent death or serious physical injury." Marshals wouldn't have to be police officers, but school district employees in good standing who have a license to carry concealed weapons.

"I'm going to be beating the drum again. We had this shooting this week. If we do what we did last time and nothing is done, this will come back again," West said of Tuesday's violence.

As school shootings become more commonplace, debates are raging in Kentucky and state legislatures nationwide about how to prevent them. Some pursue laws that would make it harder for teenagers and others to buy guns and bring them onto school grounds.

Others, including some Democrats, want to increase the number of people allowed to carry guns in schools, believing that will deter shootings from starting and quickly stop the ones that do.