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Teachers Can Carry Guns: California District Considers School Protection

Teachers Can Carry Guns: California District Considers School Protection

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Petitions to arm the teachers in school districts has been gaining ground all over the nation. Even in California, which is often considered to be a bastion for stricter gun control laws, according to the Los Angeles Times, a “city councilman has asked his local school district to allow teachers to carry guns in classrooms to protect their students.”

According to The Capistrano Dispatch, Orange County Councilman Derek Reeve cited the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting that killed 26 people, saying “efforts must be taken to empower teachers, staff and parents to protect our children.” Similar to the Harrold school district in Texas, Reeve suggests training all school personnel for “active-shooter scenarios” and allowing school staff, teachers, and parents to carry guns on school grounds.

Reeve says that protection from school shootings should be a multi-tiered strategy. Reeve recommends that schools redesign their campuses, suggesting that fences along the perimeter and allowing only one entry point for guests would make protecting the student much easier:

“They by themselves do not prevent an attack, but they will deter a potential attack and delay an active attack until law enforcement arrives.”

Reeve suggests hiring armed security, or stationing police officers, but this would require extra funding. Instead, training teachers so they can carry guns “would require no additional funding.” He does add one caveat, saying this “arm the teachers” school policy should not force teachers to comply:

“No teacher or staff member should be required to carry firearms, however many already own and are trained with their own firearms. The firearms can be easily and safely secured in the classrooms…. Volunteer parents are also a viable option.”

A volunteer-based school protection program would be similar to what is already implemented in Israel. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Israel has been protecting its students with armed volunteers since the 1970s. The program has been a success, with all attempts at further school shootings being stopped.

School district spokesman Marcus Walton told the The Capistrano Dispatch the district had received the letter:

“Like school districts everywhere, we’re getting lots of well-intended suggestions and ideas on how to increase student security and safety in schools. While we appreciate the councilman’s interest in this topic, we will not entertain any proposal to have staff persons carry firearms.”

Do you think the Orange County school district was too quick to turn down the suggestion to arm the teachers?

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18 Responses to “Teachers Can Carry Guns: California District Considers School Protection”

  1. Cynthia Jackson

    Teachers allowed to carry guns in school? Are you for real? Yeah that's great, children learn what they're taught so we teach our children that MORE GUNS are the solution to the gun problem in our country? WHO'S INSANE NOW?

  2. Eric Champion

    Heck YES! The criminals are allowed to carry guns in school why not the teachers?

  3. Julie Angles Cruickshank

    Cynthia, Sofy, this is already being done in an entire Texas district of schools since 2007. THere has been NO violence as a result. Google it! It is exactly what needs to happen. Most times there is an attack, people die BEFORE police can arrive- like the poor principal at S. Hook who had NO way to defend herself and her kids. What if she was armed? I think there may have been a dead gunman, instead of dead kids. Think about it before you just snap judge. It makes perfect sense. Responsible defense in the hands of responsible citizens- teacher, principals.

  4. Denise Pettry

    Plain and simple. No fire arms No problems. Only police and military should have guns. What if a crazy teacher or coach gets mad OR what if they hire a teacher with a fake app with fake resume OR they can throw a bomb in the school. Some schools teaches kids in science class how to make a bomb and you can find it on the internet.

  5. Kallie A Jurgens

    I totally agree; if someone, a teacher or principal, at Sandy Hook had had a weapon, this might not have happened. As it is, these babies are in the care of those who love them and those teachers, principals, etc. should be allowed to have conceal carry to protect our children. To protect against the bad guys, the good guys need to be just as armed!

  6. Anonymous

    If parents did a better job at teaching their children that there are bad people out there they would understand why they are being protected. Perhaps that is what should be happening instead of senseless rhetoric.

  7. Byron Faulder

    To "huddle" in the classroom, as "the defense" against armed intruders, is the current teacher training and will be done to the best of my energies against all such when I am teaching in a locked down classroom.
    I've been somewhat "okay" with this over the years, but have imagined the scenarios as the moment wore on and during reflection times. We teachers always want to take care of our kids, to the utmost, and will get quite aggressive, as a bear, when we see any possible physical danger to our students.
    Doing the "huddle" plus throwing desks, chairs, books, etc, if the armed intruder were to come into my class, has always seemed pathetic and, ultimately, sadly inefficient.
    I am a college graduate with a teaching credential. I am quite capable, and have been since a youth, of handling a loaded weapon: Rifles, pistols and revolvers. I am also "pistol certified", from doing armed security, and am required to shoot someone if they try to steal "replaceable" money bags. My students are "irreplaceble" and "priceless" beyond monetary value. I can expertly handle armed security in my classroom IF need be.
    If school districts decide to have armed security for our California Schools and they are NOT "Law Enforcement" trained, I would have a great deal of concern in turning the safety of my classroom, and kids, over to a "security guard" during the intense moments of a lockdown. My kids should turn to me during emergencies.

  8. Stringless Theory

    The problem is the world is made up of all kinds of people, and we can't control it. Even on this thread, you have completely lucid people able to propose a legitimate, sensible REAL WORLD (partial) solution to this heinous situation–people like Julie and Byron. I would want people like this in the care of my beautiful 4 year old boy if I wasn't there to protect him with MY GUNS in a terrible situation like that. Then at the other end of the spectrum, you have stupid people like Denise here, who, God bless her, can't follow a sensible train of thought to the end. –Really? You're concerned about students making BOMBS with their Chem 1 skills, when any nutjob off the street can wander in and shoot up our helpless and UNDEFENDED children? Good Lord–you fell completely off the short bus in this discussion.

    What we really need is to be able to quantify the intelligence and reasoning skills of the people of this country, and only allow those people the PRIVILEGE of voting for change on important matters like this. The sad fact of the matter is that there are defective people around us in all walks of life. Even in this discussion thread, there are seemingly intelligent people who cannot comprehend the idea that evil people really exist, and will seek to destroy that which we cherish by any means. How can you deny that we must be able to protect ourselves and our loved ones whenever the need arises? When a child dies, there is no do-over. You have lost your chance to put a measure in place to save that child. Their innocent blood is on your hands–not the NRA's. And no, Cynthia and Sofy, this does not mean all people should be allowed to carry guns. It is not a universal right, and you can't legally carry if you don't have the mental capacity to command the responsibility of a firearm. Julie and Byron I would respect and encourage to carry in my kids classroom. Denise would be one of those operating at a low level of intelligence — no fault of her own — who should not be allowed to even look at a BB gun.

    We are NOT all created equal. Let those who can protect us, protect us.

  9. Julie Angles Cruickshank

    I appreciate this response….I 'AM' a teacher! Having these students is a HUGE responsibility…give us what we need to protect them and ourselves. Huddling in a corner is inept at best with a madman.

  10. Julie Angles Cruickshank

    Denise, really? Any reputable school district requires a verifiable teaching certificate and credentials, fingerprinting and background checks to clear before hiring.

  11. Serena Murillo

    Yes, please allow teachers to carry! We shouldn't be stripped of our rights in our classroom. I can protect my family at home, why not my family at school?

  12. Byron Faulder

    Focusing on the "greater good" of the decision:
    – We would design a "school wide firearms policy" that would disallow teacher breakdown in the safety chain.
    – Sure, the possbilty of a "cop" or "military person" attacking schools exists as well, right?

  13. Chris Mayhew

    only cops and Military should have guns? Look up the average response time it takes for Law Enforcement to get to a crime scene. Criminals are criminals because they break the laws. I can drive my car through a crowded bus stop and kill kids, would you blame the driver or the car. Its the same as guns blame the person using it not the gun.

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