Arm Your Teachers
In the wake of mass shootings and gun control threats from some state legislators and’ the federal government, teachers themselves are going in the opposite direction.
By de Andréa
January 14, 2013
School teachers in
and Florida and many other states are flocking
to firearms classes in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in
some vowing to protect their students with guns even at the risk of losing
their jobs. Newtown Connecticut
more than 900 teachers, administrators, and school employees asked to take part
in the Buckeye Firearms Association’s
newly created, gun training program. In Texas, an $85 Concealed
Handgun License (CHL) course offered at no cost to teachers filled 400 spots
immediately, forcing the school to offer another class, one instructor said. “Any teacher who is licensed and chooses to
be armed should be able to be armed,” said Gerald Valentino, co-founder
of the Buckeye Firearms Association. “It
should be every teacher’s choice.” If you West Coasters are interested in
self-defense training, try Valley Defense Consulting Inc.
The Dec. 14 tragedy in
sparked a national debate about whether to arm teachers, prompting passionate
arguments on both sides. The deaths of
6- 7 and 8 year-old school children led President Barack Obama to
promise so-called “meaningful action” meaning-more useless gun laws to increase gun violence, while the National Rifle Association has
advocated an interesting idea, arming teachers and/or placing trained guards in
each of the country’s 100,000 schools. Newtown, Conn.
Just when I think I have figured out how the liberal mind works they surprise me once again with logic like “if a hundred gun laws don’t work maybe a few more will…” Talk about more of the same failed ideas… The liberal lawmakers actually believe what is depicted in the cartoon at right, despite the fact that it has never worked. But if they keep on doing it often enough, won’t they eventually get a different result…well…No!
Brainwashed liberal critics ridicule arming teachers as a foolhardy idea promoted by overzealous gun enthusiasts, saying it would only add danger to the classroom while distracting teachers from their job of educating children. All I can say about that is, one cannot educate dead children. Oh, one more thing, arming teachers has worked wherever is has been tried. But then liberals get confused with facts.
Some experts say an armed teacher could have stopped the massacre at
Sandy Hook; and an
armed passenger could have stopped 9/11 as well.
“What we know is that these spree killers are looking for the highest death toll possible. They look for no-gun zones like schools,” Valentino said. “It doesn’t make sense that we guard our gold with guns and we guard our kids with hope,” or a paper sign that says come here because we are defenseless…
The Buckeye Firearms Association, which successfully lobbied for 2004 legislation allowing people to carry concealed handguns, is offering all eligible state educators free admission to what it calls “an intensive three-day class where you will learn many of the same skills and tactics used by first responders.”
Despite Federal law,
Ohio law does not expressly prohibit guns in
schools and leaves it to each individual school board to set policy. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine referred to
teachers as “first responders” after the Connecticut
shootings and announced his office would expand safety training for Ohio school employees.
Despite the hue and cry of some hysterical legislators measures introduced in the
legislature since the Sandy Hook shooting would make it easier’ to carry
firearms onto college campuses and into schools and other public places where
weapons are now banned.
Josh Felker, who teaches the firearms classes in suburban
said many of the teachers have told him they plan to carry weapons into their
classrooms, even at risk of losing their jobs.
“They are upset at what happened, and no one is going to hurt their
kids,” said Felker, who offered the class to teachers for free over the
holiday break. “One teacher said flat out, ‘I
don’t care if the law changes or not, I’m going to take it to school.’ Most of them just want to protect their
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy will offer its first “Active Shooter Training Response for Educators Course,” which up to now has been reserved for police officers.
One Texas superintendent who since 2008 has given permission to teachers with handgun licenses to carry a gun in school is David Thweatt, who heads the rural Harrold Independent School District, about 175 miles (280 km) northwest of Dallas.
“First they have to have a concealed handgun license, they have to be approved to carry on our campus, they have to undergo additional training, and they are limited to ammunition which breaks apart when it hits a hard object,” Thweatt said.
He said he decided to allow teachers to carry weapons in class because in his rural district “law enforcement would never make it here on time” in case of an emergency. “When seconds count, the police are minutes away”.
Although the names of teachers who carry weapons were meant to remain confidential, their identities were widely known in town, Thweatt said.
Valentino was adamant that
Ohio’s armed teachers remain anonymous,
citing concerns that local media might reveal who was taking the course. “The idea is for no one to know what
teachers might be carrying. It would be
very dangerous to identify these teachers.
We don’t want to put a target on them,” Valentino said.
Texas Republican State Rep. Debbie Riddle has introduced a measure to require school boards and superintendents to give permission to teachers who have completed the concealed handgun licensing course to carry weapons into the classroom. “It would have a chilling effect on any copycats who wanted to replicate what was done at
Sandy Hook,” Riddle said.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Well there’s a capital idea! The main reason the liberal Communists don’t like arming citizens, is that citizens would be in control. You see, the purpose behind gun laws is not about controlling guns, it’s about controlling people. Moreover they are deathly afraid that it would work, and that my friend, would be disastrous for the liberal Communist control freaks.
So if you are interested in keeping your children safe in schools or anywhere for that matter, then demand that they provide armed personel instead of hiding behind a paper sign that reads GUN FREE ZONE!
Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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