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Violence at Schools: More Guns the Answer?

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Another mass shooting and even more questions about whether we need more or fewer guns to solve this problem.

President Obama spoke Thursday about the need for common-sense gun legislation, "'We need more guns,' they'll argue. Fewer gun safety laws.  Does anybody really believe that?"

Well, "more guns" is exactly the strategy out in Argyle, Texas.  Argyle ISD made headlines last year when they announced that teachers and other staff members would be allowed to carry firearms at the district's schools.

"We do have armed staff," Argyle ISD's Police Chief Paul Cairney told NewsFix. "Each one of them is hand-picked, hand-screened and also heavily trained."

So, while the district is putting more guns in its schools, they're not going easy on gun safety.

"It's not just that we're giving people a weapon and expecting them to do good things," said Cairney.  "We train them very, very seriously."

It's been a little over a year since the policy took effect. So, how's it working?

"We hope we never find out, really, if it works," Cairney said.

Hey, there haven't been any shootings at Argyle -- maybe the policy's working!

Of course, the same could be said of the Westwood School in Farmers Branch. Parents there didn't want guns anywhere near their kids.  They even shot down a proposed gun range down the street from the school.

The shooting in Oregon has also triggered a fresh debate on Campus Carry, signed into law by Governor Abbot.  Starting August 2016, public universities in Texas will be required to allow licensed handgun owners to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Gotta wonder what the folks at Umpqua Community College in Oregon would think about that.

Seems there's no easy answer to whether guns are the problem or the solution.

But it's a discussion worth having because we can all agree there are way too many mass shootings in this country.  And as President Obama said yesterday, "Our thoughts and prayers are not enough."

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