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Arming Arizona teachers will protect kids, argues group

PHOENIX -- An organization that advocates for pro-gun laws in Arizona is considering options for 2013 legislation. The announcement comes in the wake of the Connecticut massacre of 27 people, including 20 children.

"We're horrified. Our hearts go out to them, it's just terrible," Arizona Citizens Defense League spokesman Charles Heller said.

However, despite the recent tragedy, Heller doesn't believe gun bans or other infringements on other civil liberties send the right message.

"The use of this incident to remove freedom from some people is sick," said Heller.

One of the ideas being tossed around among group members is a law that would allow teachers, with past military or law enforcement experience and who undergo specialized training, to carry weapons at schools.

"If we allowed those people to be armed and trained, that might be an appropriate way to deal with these threats," said Heller.

Heller adds that the idea is to not turn schools into a fire base, but rather seriously focus on the enhanced protection of children.

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