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.

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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.

Cleveland PBS: Ohio Program Provides Training for Teachers Who Want to Conceal and Carry

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has renewed the debate over whether teachers and other school personnel should be armed. Although the policy discussion continues, Ohio teachers already can take classes to learn how to defend themselves and their students if a threat arises. The Buckeye Firearms Foundation provides free training to teachers through the FASTER Program -- Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response.

"My school's an easy target"

by Chad D. Baus

On February 20, a 13 year-old seventh-grader in Jackson Twp., OH boarded a school bus concealing a .22 rifle.

The Jackson Memorial Middle School student had been writing a school “attack” plan, inspired in part by the mass murder in a Parkland, FL high school just six days before. (His writing shows he had been thinking of attacking his school for a few months, but actively planning for only a few weeks.)


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