A gun is either on your hip or in a safe. That’s the advice this website gives gun owners to prevent potentially tragic unauthorized access. Like all safety rules, that one has a bunch of caveats. For example, a gun on your hip is better than a gun in a safe if you need it quickly. And never assume that a gun in a safe prevents unauthorized access; teach all children firearms safety. So when I read [via daytondailynews.com] that Sidney City, Ohio schools has “placed 30 loaded hand guns strategically around its seven school buildings in a locked in a box that can only be opened by a fingerprint” I thought . . .
that’s not ideal.
For one thing, if you’re going to stash firearms in a school for teachers, administrators and other non-gunnies to take out an active shooter, a rifle is a FAR better choice. They’re easier to run and significantly more accurate over a longer distance. They hold more ammo.
Now back to those caveats . . .
A fingerprint safe does not guarantee security. Kids are smart. People make mistakes. Connect the dots. If the gun safes are stout and live in supervised locations, OK. But then again, no. At the risk of repeating myself (and giving the antis ammo), assuming that a safe will keep a child from gaining access to a gun is an inherently flawed strategy. There’s no substitute for teaching children firearms safety.
As the teacher in the above video states, the safest place for a firearm is when it’s “in physical possession.” Safest in terms of preventing unauthorized access and safest in terms of having the gun instantly available when the s hits the f. As we’ve seen time and time again, active shooter events are nasty, brutish and short. It’s better to have a gun to run to when you need one than not, but it’s better to have the gun in your hand sooner rather than later.
[Logan County Ohio Superintendent Scott] Mann said he wouldn’t support having teachers carrying concealed firearms.
“I do not want guns on teachers in the classroom,” Mann said. “I think that’s one of the worst safety plans you can have.”
Wrong. [h/t gunssavelives.net]