MISSOURI--- Missouri representative Mike Kelley says allowing school staff to arm themselves to protect students is an option that makes sense.
"They are the people that we already entrust to educate and protect our children, but we don't give them all the tools they need," states Mike Kelley, Missouri Representative.
Kelley filed house bill 70 which will amend the state's concealed carry law to allow school workers to carry guns. A law he hopes would save lives in case there is a gunman inside of a school. Carl Junction school superintendent Dr. Phillip Cook says it's important to look into all of the issues surrounding school security.
"We need to evaluate, not react," states Dr. Phillip Cook, Carl Junction School Superintendent.
Cook says his school has already made safety improvements which includes making sure all doors into the school and classrooms are locked. He says, every option should be considered when it comes to student safety.
"If someone can convince me that that's the appropriate thing to do to keep our kids safe, than I'll be in favor of it," states Dr. Cook.
Kelley says authorities responded to the Connecticut shooting in under 3 minutes, and 26 people were already killed. He worries what might happen if it was a smaller school in a rural area like some in his district.
"It might have been a 15 or 20 minute journey to that school, what would that gunman have done in 20 minutes, it's hard to imagine," states Kelley.
The bill currently is under consideration in the House of Representatives and has 20 co-sponsors. Representative Kelly says if the bill is approved it could become law by this summer.