MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) -- Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall said his first reaction when he saw last week's disturbing video from Newtown, Conn., was utter sadness that so many young lives had been taken, again. His next reaction was to try to harden potential targets in Virginia.
With that in mind, Marshall said he'll soon propose legislation that would not just allow certain teachers and school administrators to carry guns in school, as Governor McDonnell suggested on Tuesday, but, essentially, require it.
"If the school principal in Connecticut was coming out of her office and saw a guy coming at her with a gun, she would have known what to do," Marshall said.
According to Marshall, the legislation will require that at least one person in every Virginia public school be trained and certified to carry a gun. The legislation will not explicitly require those people to actually carry a gun in school but Marshall says that is absolutely his hope.
The proposal was met with very mixed opinions among parents of school-age children in Virginia. But whether for or against the legislation, parents we spoke with lamented the fact that shootings have become such a regular occurrence in the nation's schools. Bob Marshall said he shares that sentiment and insisted that the time has finally come to solve the problem by fighting firepower with firepower.
"I know a lot of people are uncomfortable with that. I'm more uncomfortable with mass killings," Marshall said.