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Connecticut Deaths Spark Debate In South Dakota Legislature

U.S. Gun Sales Reach Record Levels In 2012
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The deadly school shooting in Connecticut has prompted a South Dakota legislator to begin drafting a bill that would allow teachers, administrators and even janitors with concealed weapons permits to bring their guns to school.

Representative Betty Olson, a Republican from Prairie City, tells The Associated Press that she feels fewer people would have been killed in Newtown, Connecticut had someone inside the school been armed. Twenty-six people, including 20 children ages 6 and 7, were shot to death in the Friday rampage.

Olson’s suggestion will be met with debate. Senate Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Angie Buhl (bewl) says she welcomes a “much-needed conversation about gun safety” but says she thinks there should be fewer guns rather than more. She also questions how gun-carrying school personnel would be trained.

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