In the wake of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, where a 20-year-old gunman killed his mother and an entire class of first graders, Portland Public Schools has tried to reassure parents that “every school has an emergency plan.”
The only thing missing from this emergency plan? Providing teachers and staff with the means to defend themselves and the children in their charge should the unthinkable occur and they find themselves faced with another school shooter.
Rep. Dennis Richardson, a Central Point Republican, sent an email to three Rogue Valley superintendents saying that gun bans on school property should be overturned.
“The Sandy Hook shootings are another heartbreaking failure of school personnel to ensure the protection of innocent children and adults. Sadly, most of the deaths could have been prevented,” Richardson wrote.
“If I had been a teacher or the principal at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and if the school district did not preclude me from having access to a firearm, either by concealed carry or locked in my desk, most of the murdered children would still be alive, and the gunman would still be dead, and not by suicide.”
When contacted by phone, Richardson added that he believes at least three officials in every school should be trained in the use of firearms.
“We need to ensure that our children are safe, and we can’t do that by disarming those who are on the scene,” Richardson said.
Richardson pointed to a 1999 school shooting in Mississippi in which an assistant principal held a shooter at bay with a handgun while police arrived. The shooter killed two students and injured seven others before the principal retrieved his handgun from his truck.
I’ve written extensively on the subject of arming campus cops, which to me should be a no-brainer. Incidents such as the tragedy today at Sandy Hook make me wonder if we need to go even further, by training, certifying, and arming American school teachers.
Every school in the nation conducts two or three fire drills per year, despite the fact that not one single child has died from a school fire anywhere in North America in well over a half a century.
Yet, we almost universally ignore the threat which really is claiming the lives of our kids — active shooters like some 20-year-old a****** whose name merits no mention in this space.
Given the budget strain on most police departments, and given the fact that even those agencies which have lots of money and lots of cops are scaling back deployment of SROs, do you think that at least one teacher on every floor of every school in America be armed, trained, annually qualified, and ready/willing to end a deadly threat in their school?
I think it merits serious consideration.
Hardesty added that while he doesn’t advocate in any way taking the law into one’s own hands, he does advocate for people taking personal responsibility for their survival and well being. […]
“Robert A. Heinlein was correct in the statement, ‘An armed society is a polite society.’ Gun-free zones are an open invitation for homicidal maniacs. Armed civilians of any kind — teachers included — will no doubt be met with trepidation. I believe some of the fears can be assuaged through a comprehensive selection and training process. Individuals selected must be mature, motivated, and above all else, volunteers. Prior to arming them physically, they must be armed mentally and indoctrinated with not only up-to date use-of-force law, but also with the unwavering mindset that their immediate action in the face of evil is saving the lives of others,” Hardesty concluded.
Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com
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