A state lawmaker isn’t alone in his opinion that teachers and school administrators should have access to guns on school campuses. In an opinion piece published by The Charlotte Observer today, the president of a statewide gun-rights group suggested the same.

Grass Roots North Carolina President Paul Valone writes: “Wondering how teachers with concealed handgun permits would respond, I asked our email recipients and received uniformly positive responses from teachers, college instructors and post graduate professors who lamented inability to protect students from even “routine” murders, assaults and rapes. Said a middle school principal who carries a firearm everywhere but to work: ‘I am charged with the safety of nearly 700 children and adults every day I step into the office. Yet the only instruments I have to carry out that task are my good intentions.'”

You can read the full opinion piece at charlotteobserver.com…

Valone’s group said it will begin working for legislative changes next year.

“When the General Assembly convenes on January 9, 2013, Grass Roots North Carolina will immediately push for legislation enabling teachers and other concealed handgun permit-holders to protect students from violent predators on the state’s campuses,” Grass Roots North Carolina wrote in a news release yesterday, according to WRAL’s Mark Binker.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.