Arming Pennsylvania’s Teachers

Where does a killer want to go to take out people? A gun free zone, of course. Where they would be the only person who would be armed. With that, wouldn’t it be reasonable to have teachers who are trained in firearm safety there to protect our children against an intruder who is trying to murder as many people as they can.

With Pennsylvania now moving legislation forward allowing teachers to carry concealed firearms, they join the ranks of other states who have introduced legislation related to arming teachers or school staff: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, NH, NM, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV, and WY.

The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee has passed a measure allowing local school boards to decide if teachers can carry concealed guns on school property. Those voluntarily carrying would be required to have a concealed carry permit and go through police-related firearms training.

The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Don White, an Indiana County Republican. It would amend existing law that bans weapons on school property.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports White told the committee on April 19 that teachers had come to him saying they wanted to defend their students and themselves, giving them “something more powerful than an eraser to throw at these people.”

“To be clear, this bill is not about the Second Amendment,” White said in a news release. “It’s about permitting the 500 school districts of this commonwealth to have greater choices when it comes to protecting our most precious resources — our children.”

“Senate Bill 383 gives trained school personnel the opportunity to serve as first responders,” he said.

And to the charge that staff-carried guns in schools will increase the risk to children, White reminded that there are thousands of armed teachers and administrators in schools across the country “and there has never been an incident where they have shot the wrong person, had their weapons taken by a student or used a weapon inappropriately.”

Not every teacher wants to or should be able to carry, just the ones who complete a 40 plus hour training course. Learn fundamental firearm safety rules, while continual practice at the firing range. Assuming only a small percentage of teachers are even willing to accept that challenge to carry. A gun in the wrong hands can hurt or kill a person, but a gun in the right hands can protect and save lives.

Read more at: Colin McNickle – Arming Pennsylvania’s staff: A Conversation Starter

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