Yes, you read that headline right. More states are starting to advocate placing guns in the hands of trained teachers and school staff members. In fact, many school staff members are planning on taking assailant classes this summer, helping to prepare themselves for self-defense measures.
The Buckeye Firearms Association, located in Ohio, has launched a specific program to help educate teachers on how to effectively disarm and take down gunmen. With an opening for 24 students, more than 1,400 school staff members applied.
In fact, from Texas to Ohio, several gun rights groups are sponsoring classes this summer for teachers. State legislatures in more than 30 states are proposing laws that would allow school staff and teachers to carry firearms on both primary and secondary campuses. While most of the bills have been met with rejection and failure, there are several states that permit school staff to carry weapons, including South Dakota, Arizona, Alabama, Texas and Kansas.
While some of the bills simply require a concealed-firearm permit, other bills require necessary training for staff members. South Dakota requires that teachers undergo law enforcement-approved training to ensure that they know how to react in a deadly situation and how to properly use force.
Proponents of this regulation cite statistics that 26 innocent lives could have potentially been saved in the Sandy Hook massacre, had teachers and school staff been permitted to conceal carry firearms.
For the last 12 years, Utah has permitted weapons to be inside schools, provided they are secured in a lockbox. These individuals must also possess concealed firearm permits and are not required to divulge to school officials or parents that they have a weapon in their possessions.
However, Ohio and Texas require staff to receive school district permission prior to bringing a concealed carry weapon on school grounds. In 2007, Texas planned to arm certain school staff members, while keeping their identities concealed from public knowledge. Texas’ reasoning is that potential shooters cannot target these specific individuals, giving these concealed-carry staff members a higher chance of taking out potential deadly threats on school grounds.
The primary concern in this debate is the safety of children in schools. If teachers were trained and permitted to carry concealed weapons on school grounds, advocates believe the wide spread tragedies associated with deadly shootings would decrease. As it is, if shooters feel that a school is unprotected, they have no reason to be discouraged from reeking havoc on innocent civilians.
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