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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Ed Schultz and the right to know if a teacher is packing

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A week after the Newtown shootings, National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre proposed installing a "cordon of protection around our kids right now." Ever since, the country has debated the efficacy and prudence of having teachers holster up in order to repel the next schoolhouse mass murderer.

Interesting wrinkle: As a grade-school teacher on MSNBC's "Ed Show" highlights, such a solution could take place in some locales without the knowledge of the parents and the children. Utah teacher Carolyn Cain told Schultz of her eagerness to carry a gun into her school, despite some concerns that her weapon could possibly be accessible to what Schultz termed "rambunctious kids."

And Cain takes really seriously the notion of concealed carry. When asked how she'd deal with an objecting parent, she responds, "In the state of Utah, a parent doesn't have to know about it." Wow, Schultz figured -- do parents have a right to know?

"Not necessarily," responds Cain.

Same goes for the kids, of course. When asked by Schultz what message her concealed decision may carry for her pupils, Cain says, "It won't send any message because they won't know about it."

Though in a different state and under far different circumstances, Cain's arguments circle back to the issues raised in the Journal News controversy in the lower Hudson Valley of New York state. Just how much information should the public have about those who have guns?

(h/t Mediaite)

By  |  07:50 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Tags:  Ed Schultz, Journal News, MSNBC

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