Who Says We Should Arm School
Staff to Protect Our Children?

By Rob Morse. July 30th, 2018

Solid facts are rare in the ocean of opinion about arming teachers. Allowing armed defenders in school is a polarized issue with plenty of passion. The legacy news media feeds us lots of emotion but they have relatively little data and analysis. I asked the best sources I could find if school staff should be armed to protect our students. Their answer was clear.

I spoke to the brain trust at Tactical Defense Institute (TDI). These men and women built the training curriculum recommended for school resource officers (SROs) across the country. These analysts and instructors also provided regional training for SWAT officers. They took their classes across the US and train local law enforcement instructors. They train the trainers.

The instructors at TDI examine police reports to uncover what works and what doesn't work. It is their job to study new threats on the street and then recommend changes in the way law enforcement officers are trained. They looked at the attacks on our schools and said that school resource officers alone were not enough to protect our students.

For one thing, there were too many times when SROs were not on campus. In addition, the SROs were an obvious target during an attack. The SROs were also spread too thin to respond quickly. Protecting our students from a murderer is a battle against time. .......

The key factor with regard to having armed teachers on hand is entirely one of time and location. While there has been attention given to having school resource officers (SROs), the availability of someone in that capacity cannot always be guaranteed, plus, they have to be in the right place at the right time in order to be able to act quickly enough. In the case of an attack by an armed murderer, the phrase "when seconds count" can never be understated when it comes to dealing with a threat.

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