Buckeye Firearms Foundation has been recruiting for the NRA for many years.
In 2011, the Foundation came in 5th place with 569 members. Then with a little more effort in 2012, it came in 3rd place, recruiting 905 members.
But last year, with more attention on the Foundation's activities, including the FASTER school safety program, the Foundation saw NRA recruitment numbers rising, finding itself in 2nd place. So with an end of year push, it drove those numbers up to a record-breaking 1,637.
Here's the official announcement from the NRA:
by Chad D. Baus
On Wednesday, January 22, the Ohio House passed House Bill 8, a bill intended to, among other things, clarify the right of local boards of education to enact safety plans which include the authorization of concealed handgun license-holders, and to specify that those plans may be considered part of the school safety plan and thus not be part of the public record.
From coverage by WBNS (CBS Columbus):
House Bill 8, which passed overwhelmingly out of the House Wednesday, says a school board could pick a school employee to carry a concealed weapon. It would also keep the name of the person carrying the weapon a secret.
"As a parent, I would certainly want to know if my kid's teacher had a gun or not," said Worthington teacher and Vice President of the Ohio Education Association, Scott DiMauro.
DiMauro is against the bill, but the head of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation says hidden guns, in the right hands, are important for school safety.
"There's all sorts of emergency response plans that we, as parents, aren't really privileged to. And that's fine. That's good. What you want to know is that the district has done their due diligence and has adequate safety security plans in place," said Jim Irvine.
by Jeff Knox
As the new year dawns, just over a year after the atrocity at Sandy Hook, it's time to look at what's been done since that horror to add to the protection and defense of our children.
First, t’s important to recognize the fact that mass murder attacks on school children are extremely uncommon, and the odds of your or my children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews being directly involved are incredible small – probably in the neighborhood of 1 in 100 million in any given year – so you're more likely to win the PowerBall and MegaMillions lotteries – simultaneously – than to have a child involved in an attack like Sandy Hook or Columbine. Of course that's no comfort when tragedy does strike, and it's the possibility – regardless of how unlikely – which demands that steps be taken to reduce the odds even further.
It's clear that institutional lethargy, myopia, and political correctness have schools and their administrators virtually incapable of change. In the wake of the worst school massacre in decades, the response of school administrators around the country was to double-down on the same emergency response strategy that failed at Sandy Hook; the Hide and Hope strategy.
Teachers are instructed to close their classroom doors, gather children in a corner, and hold them there until the "lockdown" ends. Unfortunately, that's where the planning ends. There is rarely any planning for what exactly to do if the "bad guy" actually enters the room and starts hurting people.
Editor's Note: The following letter to the editor of the Columbus Dispatch was published on December 28, 2013 in response to a letter written by Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence founder Toby Hoover, in which she attempted to dismiss the importance of Buckeye Firearms Association's survey which revealed that dozens of Ohio schools are now authorizing concealed carry for certain people.
In last Saturday's letter, "Arming staff endangers students," Toby Hoover made many incorrect statements leading to the wrong conclusion about school safety. Looking at actual events, we see that an armed response is the only reliable way to stop an active killer.
On Dec. 13, a lone attacker walked into Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., intent on doing harm. He carried a shotgun, 125 rounds of ammunition, a machete and Molotov cocktails.
He intended to kill many people but failed. His lone casualty was 17-year-old senior Claire Davis.
Colorado's new gun-control laws failed to stop the killer from acquiring his gun. The ban on standard-capacity magazines had no effect on the shotgun or bandolier full of shells he wore.
Any steps taken to identify the killer and intervene failed. Controlling the entry point to the school, keeping the killer outside and partitioning off the building failed. Every preventive measure failed.
That is not to say they are not important, but in this particular event, they all failed. The same was true in Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The critical difference between Sandy Hook and Centennial was an armed responder inside the building. This is precisely what security experts have suggested for years.
by Jim Irvine
While we still don't know all the details, it is possible to learn from early reports on a school shooting near Denver. We can look at what worked and what did not. Those who care to make schools safer will choose to copy aspects that worked. Unfortunately our recent survey shows that many school officials have chosen to ignore the life-saving lessons and leave untold thousands of children at risk.
On Friday, December 13, 2013, a lone attacker walked into Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, intent on doing great harm. He reportedly carried a shotgun, a machete and a backpack containing three Molotov cocktails. He clearly intended to kill many people, but failed in his mission. His only casualty is Claire Davis, a 17-year-old senior who, as of later December, remained in critical condition with severe head trauma. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Claire, her family and friends.
Before we get into why he was unable to carry out his mission, let us look at all the things that didn't help to stop him.