As the discussion continues about arming teachers in our schools, here's one Colorado teacher who doesn't want a gun.

Joseph DeStefano is a high school English teacher from Centennial who definitely does not want to be the one holding a gun.

"I don't want to have a gun in my hand. I don't want to be responsible. I couldn't imagine hurting someone - even a kid that's attacking."

While there is likely a large number of school employees who would be willing to carry a gun, there is no doubt a great number of teachers like DeStefano who do not want to be armed. It is difficult to imagine a scenario where teachers would or could be required to carry a gun, or to have one in the classroom.

The Colorado legislature was considering a bill that would allow concealed weapons on school grounds, but discussion on HB 18-1037 was postponed indefinitely on February 21 - one week after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At this point, the bill is not scheduled for further discussion.

In the wake of all of the recent school shootings, it is doubtful this is the last we will hear of this discussion in Colorado and across the nation.


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