Forty school districts in Ohio now let teachers who have concealed carry permits bring their gun to school. This almost guarantees they will never be attacked. Mass shooters all have one plan. Kill as many people as you can before the police arrives and kills you. That being the case, they would hardly attack a school where a teacher can blow you away before you get to carry out your plan.
The teachers must go through a training program before being allowed into the classroom with their firearm. Fair enough. I’m past the school phase in my child’s life, he being 23 now, but when he was in school, I would have been comforted knowing the teacher was prepared to defend him. I’m willing to bet you would too.
John Benner of John Benner’s Tactical Defense Institute has long supported arming teachers but parents and school boards couldn’t quite seem to pull the trigger. (Pun intended) Benner, who is a former SWAT commander said he will be instructing the teachers. They will get to work beside other first-responders so that they fully understand the process in case of (God forbid) a shooting.
Benner said that after the Sandy Hook shooting, things changed. School boards and elected officials realized that having a defense in place in case of a mass shooting only makes sense. No matter how good the local police department is, it takes them time to get to the scene of the shooting. The longer the wait, the more people who get killed or injured.
One superintendent that did not wish to be identified said:
“When does help come? Every 30 seconds 2 people die. That’s not acceptable. I don’t know when the 911 call gets made. I don’t know when law enforcement arrives. It’s not that they don’t want to help but when do they help–and I want to keep my kids safe.”
The money to train the teachers is being provided by The Buckeye Firearms Foundation.
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