One lawmaker is arguing that school teachers shouldn’t be armed because the majority are women. While discussing a bill, State Rep. Harry Shiver, a Republican, asserts that most women, particularly female teachers, “are scared of guns” and “most of them don’t want to learn how to shoot like that and carry a gun.”
Shiver, a retired physical education teacher and former coach in Bay Minette, is a vocal opponent of a bill sponsored by Republican Alabama State Rep. Will Ainsworth. The legislation would give school systems an avenue for training teachers and school administrators to carry firearms on campuses.
“I’m not saying all [women], but in most schools, women are [the majority] of the teachers,” said Shiver in an interview with AL.com. “Some of them just don’t want to [be trained to possess firearms].”
“If they want to, then that’s good. But most of them don’t want to learn how to shoot like that and carry a gun,” he added.
The bill has received a favorable report in committee, being approved by the Public Safety Committee, allowing it to head to the Alabama House for a vote.
Shiver stated he is likely to abstain from the vote.
“I’ve heard… that 75 percent of Republicans support it, but I was there live and in-person, and I know what it is like in the schools,” Shiver stated.
“Most women wouldn’t like to be put in that position. I know from South Alabama, they wouldn’t.”
He also went on to say that teachers are not suitably qualified to put themselves in a “hot” situation, such as an active shooter scenario that would require a call to local law enforcement.
Shiver also expressed concern that teachers who were armed may be mistaken for an active shooter by police, leading them to be shot.
He backs up his position based on having family members who are current or former members of the Highway Patrol. According to Shiver, they have stated, “When the highway patrolman bursts onto a site like that, they shoot the first one holding the gun out. They aren’t told that person is qualified [to carry a firearm]. They don’t know.”