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The Roundtable: Should Teachers Carry?

In an age of frequent school shootings, a controversial idea gains steam across the country.

The recent spate of mass shootings in the U.S. has recharged debates over what really causes mass shootings, what gun reform laws might stop them, and if that's even possible. A panel of experts joined Roundtable to discuss the state of the debate and where it's headed. In this segment, the panel addresses gun-free zones and proposals to give teachers the option to carry in classrooms. 

Commentator Niko House explained why he supports a teacher's right to carry as a safety measure. 

"When you have gun-free zones, if I'm a mass murderer researching, what are areas to attack immediately?" he says. "People have knowledge that you can go to certain areas, kill a lot of people, and it will be too long before the police can retaliate."

Frank McAndrew, a professor of psychology at Knox College, suggests that adding more armed people to the social equation carries risks, especially in schools. 

"We have to think of the can of worms [opened up] if you've got a much greater number of people walking around armed," he says. "You might argue, okay, well you'll have the gun safely locked away and the kids won't be able to get it. But if that's the case, then what good is it if somebody burst into the classroom with a high powered weapon?"

Watch the full discussion below:

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Roundtable Guests:

John Lott, President, Crime Prevention Research Center

Douglas Husak, Co-Director, Institute for Law and Philosophy, Rutgers University

Frank McAndrew, Professor of Psychology, Knox College

Niko House, Political Analyst