August 21st, 2013
10:51 AM ET

Should Guards be Armed in All Schools?

Children in six states will return to class under new laws that allow some teachers, security guards and other staff to carry firearms, CNN's Chris Cuomo moderated a discussion between gun rights activist Ben Ferguson  and anti-gun advocate Kim Russell.

Ferguson argued that we don't live in a perfect utopia without weapons and therefore trained staff with guns in schools could can stop mad criminals who already have the firearms. 

“You have to have a line of defense to protect kids, and when they dialed 911 yesterday, they wanted a guy to show up with a gun.”

Russell contended that arming school staff puts the focus in the wrong place.   

"More guns simply lead to more gun death," she said.  "Having armed guards in school will create a less safe environment for our children."

When a gunman opened fire with an AK-47 at a Georgia elementary school on Tuesday, the nation was again faced with this question of how to stop gun violence in schools.

“The gunman fired at police, maybe a half dozen times,” CNN’s David Mattingly reports. “Officers returned fire, when suddenly, the gunman gave up.”

What do you think is the solution to the increasing amount of gun violence in this country? Weigh in below.

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