By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 1, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – To carry guns or not? That is a question confronting Filipinos at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in San Francisco, after California Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly introduced a bill on Wedneday that would allow teachers and school staff to carry firearms to protect themselves and the children in cases of emergency.

Donnelly said his bill is an alternative to pieces of legislation introduced by Democrats, that focus on tighter gun control.

Nestor Marcos, father to 8-year old Bianca and 5-year old Brianna said guns have no place in schools.

“I’m not in favor of that. The best solution there is to hire security guards in schools,” he said.

Bianca said she can’t imagine her teachers carrying guns around her.

“I just want them to be teachers, to teach us lessons, not bring guns to schools,” she said.

This new proposal would allow schools to allocate funds for school marshalls who would be trained and permitted to carry concealed firearms at all times.

This means, by law, schools would be allowed not to reveal which teacher or staff is armed.

Willy Arsenio is a parent who used to work security and who used to handle .45 caliber guns and shot guns. He believes the proposal is good because it could save lives.

“Teachers need to be trained to protect the children,” he said.

5th grade teacher Elvira Ebalo is against this proposal. She said, as teachers, the best thing they can do is teach children how to handle problems.

“We can teach kids non-violent reactions to solve their problems. There are other ways to solve conflicts. Guns are not the answer,” she said.

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