COMMENTARY: Arming teachers is smart, safe, necessary

The following op-ed was originally published in the Dayton Daily News. Republished with permission of the author.

Re: Lance Salyers’ April 1 guest column, “We need a debate before we arm teachers.” It was well written and thought-provoking.

Another Ohio school district incorporates armed, trained staff members into safety plan

The (Hamilton) Journal-News is reporting that the Madison Local School District in Middletown, OH has joined school districts across the state by implementing a comprehensive safety that includes an armed response team inside the school.

From the article:

This resolution is part of the district’s participation in the FASTER Saves Lives program, school officials said today.

Another Ohio school board moves to protect its students with armed staff members

by Chad D. Baus

The Kenyon Collegian is reporting that another Ohio board of education has voted to authorize the arming of school staff members to decrease response time in the event of an active killer attack.

From the article:

Buckeye Firearms Association testifies in favor of bill to arm Maryland school staff

by Jim Irvine

Last week I traveled to Maryland to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on House Bill 760 sponsored by Delegate (similar to a “Representative” in Ohio) Richard Impallaria (R). Chairman Joe Vallario (D) chaired the hearing for the annual “gun day” in which it hears all testimony on all gun bills before the committee.

Researchers: Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be

The deadly school shooting (last) month in Parkland, Florida, has ignited national outrage and calls for action on gun reform. But while certain policies may help decrease gun violence in general, it’s unlikely that any of them will prevent mass school shootings, according to James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern.

Since 1996, there have been 16 multiple victim shootings in schools, or incidents involving 4 or more victims and at least 2 deaths by firearms, excluding the assailant.


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