“It takes at least 45 minutes for officers to reach the Garden Valley School District — a district made up of less than 300 students all taught under the same building,” the AP reports. “As a result, the school board approved this month purchasing guns to remain locked inside the school and trained six employees to use the weapons in an emergency.” Cost? $3500, plus equipment donated by the community. What could possibly be wrong with this picture? I know! Let’s ask Allison Anderman, a staff attorney with Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence! Because no pro-gun AP story could possibly end without a quote from an anti . . .
Even with training, it’s no guarantee teachers and staff will prevent fatalities in a high-stakes situation, said Allison Anderman, a staff attorney with Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit opposed to arming teachers.
She added that housing guns in schools could create a chilling effect for students who may be less inclined to speak out knowing that the teacher could be armed.
“Just having people armed doesn’t make a school safer,” Anderman said.
Does that mean that just having people disarmed does? I don’t think so. Nor does anyone who cares about the safety of our children.