If Hollywood celebrities are protected by armed guards, there's no reason why students can't be protected either, a Republican lawmaker said Friday.
Hours after as many as 10 people were killed in a Texas high school shooting, Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Ky. told Fox News that the time is now for some action.
"Every Hollywood actor that hates guns has armed bodyguards defending them. They hate guns unless the guns defend them," said Paul, who survived last summer's shooting attack on Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice.
"Announce tomorrow and encourage everybody who protects our kids and teachers — principals, superintendents, school boards — announce we're not going to leave our kids defenseless. We are going to defend our schools from crazy people with guns."
Paul said his nephew was the principal at Santa Fe High School, the site of Friday's shooting, until a few months ago.
Law enforcement confirmed that 12 people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer who sustained a major loss of blood and was in surgery.
Shooters are "showing up where there is no self-defense," Paul said. "The nation needs to wake up and we need to make every superintendent, every principal should be right now thinking, I'm going to make an announcement tomorrow that I'm not going to leave our kids undefended."
Paul noted the solution to preventing mass shootings such as this one is not to ban all guns, but rather to identify people who may be a threat and ensure they do not have access to weapons.
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