This past weekend, we celebrated the 2nd annual National Train a Teacher Day. This nationwide movement empowers and helps to educate the teachers and administrators who oversee our children’s education and safety. Thousands of teachers and school administrators across the country participated in free self-defense training classes taught by certified instructors and counselors, making our schools and communities safer.
The USCCA was proud to be an official sponsor of this national event. As part of that support, the USCCA donated materials to volunteer USCCA Certified Instructors across the country. Teachers who participated received Countering the Mass Shooter Threat, Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals and Emergency First-Aid Fundamentals books and corresponding eLearning programs.
As you know, the USCCA’s mission is to provide education and training for responsibly armed Americans. We’re proud that teachers and administrators from every part of the country took advantage of the opportunity to learn how best to protect themselves and their students during a worst-case scenario.
No Shots Fired
As you also know, the best defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun who happens to be in the right place at the right time. We hope that no one ever needs to fire his or her gun in self-defense … but every law-abiding American has a God-given right to protect himself or herself and others. Gun-free zones prevent Americans from fully utilizing that right.
They also put us at risk. Criminals do not follow the same rules we do. Schools are typically gun-free zones, which is why educating teachers and school administrators about how to best defend themselves and their students in case of an attack is so important.
There are now 20 states that allow teachers to be armed on school property. Recently, the Crime Prevention Research Center released a study that examined every school shooting in the United States from 2000 to 2018. This study found that no school that allows teachers to be armed while on school property suffered a death or gun-related injury (excluding suicide and gang-related violence) during that time.
Around the Country
Shootings during the weekend of July 12-14 resulted in 41 people shot and nine dead. Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), whose car was struck during one of the shootings, responded by encouraging his constituents to arm themselves for self-defense.
The Times Herald: Eisen Gun Bills Would Reduce Penalty for Concealed Carry Violation
House Bills 4200 and 4201, introduced in February by State Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair Township), were referred to the House’s judiciary committee in June. The pair of gun-related bills aims to reduce the penalty for license holders who carry concealed in “no-carry” zones. “The very simple, simple end of it … is that it puts the penalty more in line with the infraction,” Eisen said.
Cranston Herald: Sparks Fly Over Concealed Carry Gun Resolution
Debate over a resolution regarding the possession of guns on school grounds by concealed carry permit holders produced partisan sparks during the July 11 meeting of the city council’s Ordinance Committee. In a heated exchange, Democratic Citywide Councilman Steve Stycos and Republican Council Vice President Michael Favicchio of Ward 6 sparred over the resolution and whether the council’s Republicans had purposely sidestepped its consideration.
Cormac Tactical will be the first tactical store to open in Myrtle Beach next month. Along with concealed weapons permit classes, Cormac offers free presentations for those new to concealed carry. Topics include how to clean your gun and how to make your first gun purchase. This will be Cormac’s first brick and mortar store — “ground zero,” Cormac Co-Owner Douglas Kahn said.
Rev. Deanna Hollas was ordained as the first ever Minister of Gun Violence Prevention by the Grace Presbytery. Grace Presbytery covers north and northeastern Texas, and Rev. Hollas will be based at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Quote of the Week
After Chicago State Rep. La Shawn Ford’s (D-Chicago) car was hit by bullets from a shooting in his neighborhood, he said, “I think about it all the time. That’s why I’m working with a concealed carry instructor, and we’re going to go through the neighborhood and we’re going to encourage people to get their concealed carry license because it makes no sense for people not to have the protections that they need.” (WLS-AM)
Data Point You Should Know
According to John Lott with the Crime Prevention Research Center, a teacher legally carrying a gun at school has never accidentally shot someone, and no student has ever taken an armed teacher’s weapon. (Townhall)