Wednesday, February 28, 2018

To Better Serve And Protect: My Washington Times Piece On One Way We Can Arm Volunteer Teachers

The Washington Times ran my piece on one way we can arm volunteer teachers.

I recently watched a video of a mother and daughter who took on a shotgun-wielding armed robber. The two women protected themselves and their Oklahoma liquor store by pulling out handguns from under the counter and shooting the armed crook. Good for them.

If only the two Florida school faculty members who gave their lives shielding students had been armed with handguns to shoot back at the obviously deranged young man who would murder 17 students and faculty on that day.

The knee-jerk reaction by many politicians and commentators was to suggest various forms of gun control, but the sad truth and reality is that a determined killer will use any means to commit mass murder, including driving a car or a truck into a crowd, as we’ve seen in Europe and elsewhere.

I don’t recall anyone calling for car control after those incidents.

President Trump has called for arming teachers to prevent future shootings, the idea being that killers, even deranged ones, never seem to attack places where they know the people are armed and will shoot back. As one commentator noted, no one has ever tried to shoot up an NRA event.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott came out against the president’s plan, stating that schools needed metal detectors, bullet proof glass and better perimeter fencing, as well as trained law enforcement officers.

But there is an idea that both the president and the governor might agree on.

Volunteer teachers can become paid reserve police officers. Also called auxiliary officers, they can be trained and certified in firearms and tactics and serve as part time police officers in their communities. In an emergency at their school, a teacher who is also a reserve police officer can place a lanyard around his/her neck with their police badge, take out their secured police firearm, and engage the threat in those crucial minutes before the local police arrive.

I imagine that teachers who are veterans would rise up to this challenge, as will other teachers and school administrators who want to better protect themselves and the students.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

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