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Should Teachers be allowed to Conceal Carry?

Should School Teachers be Armed?

This is a very hot and controversial topic that has been up for debate.  There are very emotional augments on both sides.  What is the right answer?

The United States experiences numerous deadly school shooting yearly.  According to the National Sherriff’s Association it takes police, on average, 18 minutes to respond to a 911 call.  The average school shooting last 12.5 minutes.  Let’s just say we cut the average response time down by half, the gunman has still had time to almost complete the entire shooting with little to no opposition.

You don’t hear of a gunman walking into a police station to shoot it up.  Let’s ask ourselves why?  Well, there are trained professionals who will fire back!  It is time to fire back!  The argument against allowing teachers to protect themselves and our children is that they are not trained.  I say get them trained.  Not only do they have to have a concealed hand gun license but require tactical training to go along with it as a stipulation to be able to carry on the job.  Require continuing education classes as well just as any other profession does.  Teachers can’t teach our children if they aren’t alive to do it. 

Legally gun owning adults are now allowed to carry guns in publics schools in more than two dozen states, from kindergarten to high school hallways.  Seven of those states allow teachers and other staff members to carry guns throughout the school specifically. 

This August 2016 photo shows a sign outside a school in Claude, Texas, which Claude ISD posts outside their schools.

We place a huge responsibility on our teachers for the overall wellbeing of our children.  They have our children for at least 25% of their young lives.  It is important that we give our teachers the resources to do a good job.  These resources include, education, training, supplies, money and empowerment to protect.   If they don’t have these things them shame on us.

There is a reason that school shootings have increased over the past few years.  Evil preys on the weak.  Children with adults that are not protected are viewed as weak.  We have to change this!

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14 thoughts on “Should Teachers be allowed to Conceal Carry?

  1. As a school teacher and responsible gun owner, I’m fully for allowing the school staff to carry concealed. Trained staff only and it must be concealed to be effective. Staff members that are licensed and trained to carry should be held to a higher standard and if they violate set standards they should be terminated immediately and depending on the violation they might face legal prosecution. I believe having armed trained staff and ensuring the public is aware of this is a deteriorate against potentials criminals.

    1. Thank you so much for your comments.  I agree that training and concealment are two absolutes!  I like your consequences for violations as well.  Thank you so much for your service in educating our children!

  2. It is a sad statement about our country that things have come to this. But I have to agree that a good offense is the best defense. Teachers have a hard enough job educating children, and then to have to be on the front lines of terror is unimaginable. So yes, I agree that there should be someone armed on the school site. When this problem first began I said that every school should have a police officer on the campus. And metal detectors for all incoming persons.
    BTW, there have been some dumb idiots who did enter police stations and shot officers. That’s why most stations have bullet proof windows installed. I know. I worked front desk for a small police department.

  3. I thank you and appreciate the reviews about teachers carrying concealed weapons. I love open conversations regardless of my personal beliefs it helps me keep an open mind.

    I love the items you sell and I can’t wait to see where the future leads.

    Conversal topics are the only thing that keeps the reality open and without websites like this we would not have open conversations to putting an end what you may believe is not wrong..

    1. Thank you so much for your comments and ability to speak in such a way as to encourage healthy debate.  If we all agreed this world would be a very boring place!

  4. Ah, this is a tough discussion! I believe ensuring that the public is aware that the staff at school is armed can surely discourage potentials criminals. But how good could the staff at school be trained to assume this new responsibility? Most of them may have never imagined that this would be inserted into their daily life. Would some of the staff oppose?

    1. I am sure that some of them would absolutely oppose and even with my personal belief of being armed would not impose that upon them.  However, I have a daughter that is a teacher and she would absolutely feel safer being able to protect herself rather than not.  It is a great responsibility….no doubt!  Thank you for your comment!

  5. I agree with your conclusion.  I left comments on your site.  We need to protect our children and those who teach them.  I think all schools need a police officer on site.  But if teachers can carry, all the better.  They have already gone through rigorous background checks anyway.  I myself am nervous around firearms, but I see that you grew up with them!  Good for you!  I think it was a good idea to create this post.  Hopefully it will generate traffic because it is a hot topic.  

    1. Thank you for your comments.  Usually someone that has not had any experience with firearms is nervous around them and rightly should be.  That is normal and very healthy.  That is why training is VERY important before anyone even considers turning teachers loose with a firearm but I do think it is a good idea!

  6. Interesting question, interesting topic. I think that part of the reason why shootings occur is that it gives the shooter a chance to be famous, as sick as it sounds. Great point when you say that police stations never get shot up because there are those who will fire back. Training does come into play as well I agree. I think also that police stations are pretty well fortified relative to schools. Arming teachers might very well be the solution, and if it is I say, so be it!

    1. You have a very good point!  They probably are looking for their famous moment as sick as it sounds.  I will always stick to training, training, training before we turn anyone lose with a firearm!  Thank you!

  7. Angela,

    I personally have no love for guns, in anyone’s hands. Every time someone falls to one of these weapons, we all suffer, whether it is in a school or at the neighborhood corner store.

    That being said, it is proven that those wishing to violate the safety of any facility are less likely to do so if they are aware that there may be people on site prepared to oppose them on equal footing.

    Having our teachers trained in handgun usage and allowed to defend our children in schools is not a bad idea. It just needs to be handled extremely carefully. What do you, for instance, when the shooter is one of your students?
    Because school shootings are usually carried out by students, aren’t they?

    Do you take them out? Do you wound them? What do you do with your other students while you’re trying to prevent them from being shot?

    Can we, in good conscious, expect teachers to put a bullet in one of their own students?

    I could do it, to protect my children. I do not know if I could expect or trust anyone else to do the same.

    It is a difficult issue. It needs more study and a balanced approach. I would not oppose it if it came to my child’s school, but I would need every scrap of information on the protocols in place before I could wholeheartedly approve it.
    The saddest part in all this is that we have to have this conversation at all.
    Gwendolyn J

  8. Angela,

    I personally have no love for guns, in anyone’s hands. Every time someone falls to one of these weapons, we all suffer, whether it is in a school or at the neighborhood corner store.

    That being said, it is proven that those wishing to violate the safety of any facility are less likely to do so if they are aware that there may be people on site prepared to oppose them on equal footing.

    Having our teachers trained in handgun usage and allowed to defend our children in schools is not a bad idea. It just needs to be handled extremely carefully. What do you, for instance, when the shooter is one of your students?
    Because school shootings are usually carried out by students, aren’t they?

    Do you take them out? Do you wound them? What do you do with your other students while you’re trying to prevent them from being shot?

    Can we, in good conscious, expect teachers to put a bullet in one of their own students?

    I could do it, to protect my children. I do not know if I could expect or trust anyone else to do the same.

    It is a difficult issue. It needs more study and a balanced approach. I would not oppose it if it came to my child’s school, but I would need every scrap of information on the protocols in place before I could wholeheartedly approve it.
    The saddest part in all this is that we have to have this conversation at all.
    Gwendolyn J

    1. I truly appreciate your view point and feel the same way actually!  I do think that if it came down to it….. take out a student or die…. most would do what they have to do.  It is a difficult situation but it is one that our teachers are actually facing right now without any protection at all and dying.  Training and protocols are a must.  We want to help the issue not hurt.

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