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Gov. Rick Perry may support letting teachers be armed

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (File photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The governor of Texas is indicating that he supports letting teachers and school administrators carry concealed handguns.

Republican Rick Perry says local school districts should decide their own policies.

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There's renewed debate over gun laws in the aftermath of Friday's shooting that killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school.

The White House says curbing gun violence is a complex problem that will require a "comprehensive solution."

NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting

The National Rifle Association, the nation's largest gun-rights group, has gone silent after the deadly shooting of 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school.

Its Facebook page has disappeared. It has not sent a message on Twitter since the extent of the carnage became clear. And no leaders of the 4.3 million-member organization appeared on the talk shows this past Sunday, two days after the shooting.

During past crises, the group has defended gun owners' constitutional right to bear arms, which is popular among millions of Americans.

But with 20 of the victims ages 6 or 7, it may be tougher to advocate for gun owners' rights.

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