The debate rages about whether to train and arm teachers and school administrators or keep all guns off of school campuses. Whenever I’ve been in a discussion on this subject, I always ask the anti-gun person two questions:
1. What percentage of school shootings take place on gun free campuses?
2. Would you want your child’s teacher to be able to protect your child from a would be shooter or have your child become a defenseless victim?
The answer to the first question is easy – to the best of my knowledge all of the school shootings have taken place on gun free campuses. Why do you think Obama and other anti-gun politicians send their kids to a school with at least 11 armed guards? Think about it. These politicians speak out against arming and allowing school faculty to undergo proper training to allow them to be armed to protect YOUR kids while they send THEIR kids to schools with armed guards.
The answer to the second question should be a no brainer, but you would be surprised to see how many parents still say no to teachers being armed. They expect teachers to protect their kids but refuse to give them the means to do so.
However, a growing number of schools and teachers are taking the necessary steps to protect your kids. In Ohio, some teachers are spending their summer attending the Tactical Defense Institute run by John Benner. So far over 300 people, including teachers, have completed the first level of training and are now licensed to carry concealed weapons.
They aren’t just being taught how to shoot a gun, but how to tactically shoot an intruder while moving and protecting their students. Benner told the local media:
“This is more about tactics than it is shooting. These people are training for one single event and that event hopefully will save lives,”
“I’ve had people tell me, ‘Oh, teachers can’t do that. They sacrifice their lives for their kids all the time.’ Look at Sandy Hook, that’s a perfect example. I think there was four that literally sacrificed their lives, stood in front of their kids or tried to attack a guy with a rifle. That doesn’t work very well,”
Tracy is a teacher from a northern Ohio school undergoing training at the Tactical Defense Institute. When asked why, she responded:
“I want to be the best that I can when it comes to protecting my kids, my personal children, my classroom children and this is where I come to do it.”
“I look at everything completely differently. Going into my house at night, going into my classroom, thinking through, ‘Hey what are my options?’ These are the tools I have, how am I going to use them to survive and go home so all my kids survive and go home.”
If politicians and school officials really want to protect their students from the dangers of a school shooting, the only real way to do it is to arm teachers and other faculty. Passing absurd laws about background checks, banning certain types of guns and magazines, etc. doesn’t do anything to stop someone determined to carry out their attack. For centuries, it has been known and proven time and again that the only good defense is a strong offense and in the case of protecting America’s students, that means arming those that are with the students on a daily basis.
Like Benner said, it took police 14 minutes to respond to Sandy Hook Elementary School. How many lives could have been saved if a number of the teachers and faculty had been armed? It’s possible that at least one of them could have taken Lanza down early on and saved the lives of some of the students and faculty that were gunned down. It’s also very likely had Lanza known the staff at Sandy Hook were armed and trained that he would not have attacked the school in the first place and the 20 kids and 6 staff would all still be alive.
I applaud the Ohio schools that are taking the steps to train and arm their teachers and faculty and strongly urge more schools to do likewise. Your kids are worth protecting, not leaving them to be defenseless targets.