I've been read a lot about the idea of arming teachers. Here's why I think this is a bad idea.
Let me preface this, before I go any further.
*I own a few semi-automatic AR15 type rifles. I also own several magazines that would be called high capacity. I don't want to see either banned.
*I also believe that any citizen of this country who has not had his or her individual rights curtailed by serious criminal activity or documented mental instability, should be allowed to own firearms.
To effectively carry a gun well enough to actually provide a benefit to security, you have to take it extremely serious, practice regularly, invest in good equipment like retention security holsters and more practice. Not to mention specific clothing to conceal it in certain cases.
The average, run of the mill teacher should not be armed and realistically doesn't want to be.
In today's schools, particularly Jr. high and high school, the teachers and students are at risk from other students more so than any other threat. It's true, simply read the newspaper. Do we really want a gun on someone whom, a student in a rage, could take away from in a crowded classroom? And I'm thinking of 110 LB woman fighting a 200 LB boy.
Every school should have police presence.
In Tennessee every school has a uniformed SRO (Student Resource Officer) member of either the local sheriffs office or police department. These are regular police personnel with a standard police loadout. Typically a 16 shot 9MM pistol with usually up to 4 spare magazines in a retentive security, snatch resistant holster. They are well armed. But even more importantly they have a belt radio. They don't have to win a fight against a person or even a group of people bent on killing on entry to the building, all they have to do is hold them off long enough for help to arrive. One code word shouted over an open frequency and help is on the way.
One SRO is not enough. A minimum of two is required, dependent on size. I also believe there should be at least one in the elementary school. There is another benefit to this. At that young age, introduce kids to cops more than just one day a year at career day. If they see “Miss Joanne” or “Mr. Ralph” every day and develop a good relationship with them, don’t you think that would pay a dividend when they get to the age where kids rebel against authority, (let’s face it, we all do to some degree or another, oh yeah? How many of you have a radar detector in your car?) Lets get them off to a good start where they see LEOs as a friend instead of just an authority figure.
Hardening building security. As with many schools, the school in Connecticut had an up-to-date CCTV security system with locking doors installed. After identification they remotely unlock the door and let people in. And this assembly was made of framed glass plate, which the guy had no trouble smashing. We have got to harden the buildings against unauthorized forced entry.
Now, there may be a few teachers who want be armed. Fine. Great. Give them appropriate training in weapons and weapon retention. Only a few really motivated people will be willing to do this.
Finally, how do we pay for this?
Well, the U.S. just gave 20 late model F-16 fighters to Egypt as part of a 1 Billion dollar aid package. A nation now run by the Muslim Brotherhood, people who danced in the streets when other mass murders crashed planes full of our people into buildings full of our people. And we do this for other similar nations.
Security, like charity, begins at home.