Board should permit teachers to carry guns
As a teacher at East High School, I think teachers and school personnel with concealed-carry licenses should be allowed to carry their weapon with them to school. The Ohio Revised Code gives teachers and school personnel this right if their Board of Education gives them permission.
The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and the Ohio Revised Code grant permission, so why wouldn't the Columbus Board of Education grant its permission? Teachers are entrusted with the safety of our students, so let us keep them safe. If the board is sincere about the safety of the students, then let those with CCW permits carry their weapons on the job.
If the board balks at giving this permission, it makes me question board members’ sincerity about keeping my students and this community’s children safe. The board talks a good talk, but it is only that: talk.
- WAYNE WHITEHEAD
by Chad D. Baus
On the weekend of March 2 and 3, both Buckeye Firearms Foundation President Jim Irvine and I were privileged to attend an Active Killer in Schools training course in the Williams Co., OH community of Edgerton.
The training was conducted by the Tactical Defense Institute (TDI), a world-renowned training facility based in Adams Co., OH that is owned and operated by former SWAT Team commander John Benner.
There were more than 70 people in the 16 hour class. I didn't take an official count, but I would estimate that somewhere north of half were school employees.
While TDI has been conducting active killer classes for quite some time, the focus has primarily been on the instruction of law enforcement. Benner said this class was the first which combined a large number of school employees/ educators along with area law enforcement officers.
According to Dr. Jamison Grime, superintendent of the Montpelier, OH school district that made international news when they became the first Ohio school to publicly announce plans to arm some employees, every district in Williams County received an invitation to attend the training.
While I don't have the entire roster, I can report that at least six school districts had representatives who took the training. At least two Williams Co. law enforcement agencies, Edgerton and Edon, sent officers to take the training. Montpelier's former police chief, who very recently retired, was also in attendance.
Four of the six schools who had employees in the training are fortunate to have Boards of Education which have, according to published reports, already authorized, or announced intent to authorize, some level of armed response inside the school - Edgerton, Hilltop, Montpelier and Stryker.
by Clint Lake
This is the first in a monthly series letting BFF and BFA supporters tell their unique and compelling stories about how they were introduced to firearms, how firearms and the 2nd Amendment effected their lives, and how they left their own personal impression on the American heritage of gun ownership.
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MARCH PATRIOT PROFILE: SGT Joyce
SGT Joyce proudly served in the WACs during the later stages of Vietnam. She was a big fan of Dwight Eisenhower when she was 8 years-old, as pictured below holding her grandpa's Remington .32-.20 that she shot for the first time when she was 13.
by Chad D. Baus
Dayton television stations WDTN (NBC) and WRGT (Fox) are reporting that Shelby Co. Sheriff John Lenhart held the first session of the free 16-hour gun training course he has developed for area teachers and school administrators.
"You tell me one more thing that's more important to do than to protect the kids of this county," says Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart
He never thought it would come to this.
by Chad D. Baus
Cedarville University Student Marksmen, also known as Chi Sigma Mu, new to the Cedarville, Ohio campus, already boasts more than 100 student members.
After an NRA University meeting last semester, club advisor Sandy Yoder stated that they were told by the NRA that it had been one of the largest meetings to date.
Yoder says that the members of Chi Sigma Mu would like to be an encouragement to others that the shooting sports are not dying among today's youth.
Following are three recent press releases covering the groups success in its first year on campus.