A Virginia committee rejected a number of gun control proposals in a debate Thursday, including an assault weapon ban, NBC Washington reports.
The House Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety also shut down a proposal to ban magazines with more than 20 rounds and universal background checks for gun buyers. However, the committee is still mulling over the idea of arming school staff.
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"Every day we wait we expose children to the circumstance of being slaughtered," Rep. Bob Marshall, R-Va., who proposed the measure, said during the debates.
Marshall recommends school board members to appoint at least one person in a school to be armed; two teachers came to the debates in favor of his idea.
Other Virginia teachers feel differently. In a Fairfax County union survey, most teachers were not in favor of armed staff members other than school resource officers, according to Fairfax City Patch.
"Teachers should not be trained to carry guns. Our responsibility is to educate the children, not shoot trespassers," one survey taker wrote.
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