Stop Disarming Willing Teachers

Faculty Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response (FASTER) training

By Jeff Knox. March 15th, 2018

Buckeye, AZ ---( - Disarming willing and qualified teachers and other school staff is stupid.

There has been a lot of talk about "arming teachers" recently, but that's really never been the issue. The real issue is about disarming teachers who would like to be carrying.

Like any other controversial subject, any discussion of school safety must begin with some agreement on basic facts and mutual understanding of terms and definitions.

We can't come to a consensus on solutions if we can't agree on what the words we are saying actually mean.

When gun owners and politicians talk about "arming teachers," we are not talking about giving guns to people who would not be comfortable with them. Nor are we talking about teachers or other school staff racing to the sound of gunfire to stop an attack. What we're talking about is ending policies that disarm teachers who would prefer to be armed, and empowering them to take appropriate action if the need to do so were to arise. That means providing free - possibly paid - training, and some liability protections for school personnel who are qualified and volunteer for the program. .......

This is an aspect that seems to have been almost totally or conveniently ignored, seeing as there can well be many teachers already trained, competent and capable of safe carry. It could well be regarded as an existing resource, without having to look further. Needless to say, having armed personnel in schools is hardly a definitive answer to school mass murders, but it could go a long way towards greatly reducing the possibility of a large scale tragedy.

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