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By James England via Ohio school superintendents are increasingly implementing concealed carry programs in their schools. District by district, each school is deciding how it wants to implement new concealed carry policies for faculty and staff. With some districts like Coshocton hoping to have a faculty member carrying concealed in each school, it has raised concerns as some communities claim they had little or no notification of those changes. From the The News-Messenger:

“Five years ago we probably wouldn’t have considered it, and even three or two years ago I would still have been saying this is not the direction we want to go,” said David Hire, Superintendent of Coshocton City Schools, who hopes to have armed staff members in his schools by year end. “But we’re living in a society where this is becoming almost weekly or every other week where there is some event somewhere around the country.”

In previous articles, we’ve mentioned that some counties are taking proactive measures; not just by allowing faculty to be armed, but giving them additional training to prepare them.

This makes the most sense.

We’ll likely hear plenty of parents, other teachers, and media pundits lambaste the notion that teachers should be given guns to protect themselves and their students. After all, when a teacher signs on to instruct children, he or she likely has absolutely no preconceived notion about having to defend their students in an active shooter situation.

But, here’s the thing: teachers aren’t being required to carry concealed in the classroom. In an increasing number of Ohio school districts, they’re being given the option and, when possible, additional training that will enable them to make terribly difficult decisions.

Fortunately, there’s been something of a lull in school shootings. That’s something no one in the gun community is complaining about. But we know it will happen again. There’s not a law in existence nor a policy that will prevent some horrible person from attempting to take the lives of innocent children and faculty.

When that happens, every student and teacher will be forced to make difficult decisions. And they won’t have the option to ‘opt-out’. An armed faculty member who is there and ready to respond can buy students and staff more time, likely saving lives.

Time is the most precious commodity in these situations. Buying even a few minutes to allow law enforcement to respond can mean the difference between another unanswered tragedy and a crisis averted.

There are going to be a hard decisions for Americans to make. Regardless of whether or not you stand for the right for teachers and faculty to be armed or believe that guns have a place in schools, you have to acknowledge the reality that another tragic shooting will eventually occur at a school.

Should we prepare for it?

Many Ohio school district superintendents are overwhelmingly saying yes.

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  1. Well, I can actually say I’ve seen schools in Ohio taking security seriously. I actually went into a school a couple of days ago and saw an armed guard. And you know what? I was happy. And that’s also with some schools putting in doors that can’t be unlocked without someone on the inside unlocking them and even then limiting access to a small office area… Things have changed since I was last in a public school… and that was only 12 years ago. It’s just a shame people need to take these measures.

    • Back when I was in school we had two armed police officers on duty all day long. I always thought that was the way it was everywhere, and never understood why anyone would oppose having armed resource officers at every school.

      • Oh no. That’s not the way it was at least in my little middle of nowhere Ohio. Back when I was in elementary school in the mid 2000’s they didn’t even lock the doors…. actually they didn’t even close the doors during school hours. I remember one of the kids said he was going to sneak out the open door and escape and told me not to tell anyone. So it’s quite a change for me having no security at all to seeing schools seem more like prisons. I’m not really happy about it. I mean, yeah. I’m happy people are letting go of their irrational fears and doing something to protect the children, but really not happy that people have taken to committing mass murder in order to go out with a bang and forcing the country to go this way.

        • Haha, grew up in small town in the 90s and I used to walk home for lunch a block away if I didn’t want cafeteria food. Also went home during class to get a prop for speech class that I’d forgotten! I do recall bringing some toy guns to school for show and tell and principle just asked that we leave them in his office…

  2. Blue blouse, second from the left: good technique, you! Practice shooting one-handed to keep your off hand free to do something else, opening a door, turning on a lightswitch, pushing a small student to cover, grabbing a spare mag, etc.

    • Second from right?
      Yes, it’s called a “hand gun”. Not a “hands gun”.
      You should be able to hit a 5″ plate from 5 yards 5 times in 5 seconds one handed drawing from concealment. Each hand.

  3. Blue blouse second from stage left for those who were theatrically inclined in high school but more recently became hoplophilically inclined. Kudos to Ohio. Both in my high school daze and our child’s more recent experience, there were a good number of teachers with military or law enforcement backgrounds or previous careers. Any of them would get my vote of confidence if a bad guy came into a school and they had to take action. Elementary school is a different issue what with women and less-than-exactly-masculine guys gravitating to that part of the school system. But anyone can be trained who is willing to be trained. Pink Pistols training elementary school teachers? Why not, if it works.

  4. Hallelujah for Ohio!!!! The problem is many teachers and administrators nationwide are ostriches. “Nothing bad can happen at my school and if it did I would only make it worse” It does not matter if this is cowardice or ignorance. The result is the same, failure and dead students. The good news is bravery and training are spreading. Go Ohio!
    I pray I am not alone in Missouri.

    • Ostrich syndrome is frustrating to say the least.

      Personally, I think the people who claim that armed defenders will increase the body count do not actually believe that. Rather, deep down they know that they are reprehensible for failing to have the strength of character to use righteous deadly force to repel criminal deadly force. Thus, in order to be able to live with themselves, they manufacture the fantastic claim that being able to defend yourself will somehow increase the death toll.

      Such is the twisted, tortured mind of a gun-grabber.

  5. “Fortunately, there’s been something of a lull in school shootings.” I predict zero in the next three years.

  6. No guns for teachers: People we entrust with forming childrens’ minds and character cannot be trusted with protecting those same childrens’ bodies from violence.

  7. My sister is a school teacher in Ohio. She is a Fudd. She cannot stomach the idea of guns in schools. What if someone can’t control themselves, she says, what if they lose their temper?

    Projection much? She’s VP of the local NEA chapter too. Intolerant liberal.

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