In the wake of a series of school shootings across the nation, more states are finally starting to get serious about what is needed to protect our children. This past week, Texas became the latest state to pass a sweeping school security measure when the state House and Senate passed legislation that would eliminate the cap on how many trained school teachers and staff — called “school marshals” — can carry firearms on campus. Lawmakers decided to expand the marshal program after its initial success last summer, according to state Sen. Brandon Creighton. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign the legislation into law.
Armed Teachers Mean Safer Schools
As these latest school tragedies show, it’s imperative that we have serious conversations about arming teachers to keep our children safe. A recent report from the Crime Prevention Research Center notes that, “There hasn’t been a single mass public shooting in any school that allows teachers and staff to carry guns legally. Since at least as far back as January 2000, not a single shooting-related death or injury has occurred during or anywhere near class hours on the property of a school that allows teachers to carry.”
The hard truth that anti-gun activists and some in the national media refuse to acknowledge is that the first line of defense in an active-shooting situation is often a good guy with a gun. Responsibly armed teachers would be an effective way to deter murderous maniacs and keep our children safe. It’s for this reason that the USCCA will take part in National Train a Teacher Day on July 20. For the second year running, this national event helps organize free training opportunities to those who work in schools with the hope of better preparing them for unfortunate and unforeseen events.
Quote of the Week
“Stronger gun laws have proven time and time again to fail. A person who wants to commit an evil act will do so regardless of the tool used.” -Rhode Island resident Tonya Calandra on a resolution that would ban concealed weapons on school grounds (Cranston Herald)
Data Point You Should Know
In schools that do not allow teachers to arm themselves, the number of people killed on school property has doubled between 2001 and 2008. (Crime Prevention Research Center)
About Tim Schmidt
USCCA President and Founder Tim Schmidt received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech University. Following his time working for a medical equipment company and a computer hardware company, Tim started his first successful business, Schmidt Engineering. In 2003, Tim and Tonnie Schmidt began publishing a self-defense magazine focused on responsible firearms ownership. This grew into a national association providing self-defense education, training and legal protection to its members. Tim enjoys boxing, running, reading, shooting and riding motorcycles.