With over a thousand school districts across America allowing teachers and staff to carry a firearm, one would think that of the 306 school shootings that occurred from 2000 to 2018, many might be caused by the availability of guns on campus. Twenty states currently allow teachers and staff to carry guns, to varying degrees, on school property.

The Crime Prevention Research Center looked at every single shooting on school property over that 18-year period. None of the possible concerns many people have raised about teachers carrying firearms have occurred. In fact, there was not a single instance where someone was wounded or killed from a shooting, let alone a mass shooting, between 6 a.m. and midnight, at any school that permitted staff to carry guns.

In contrast, the number of people killed in “gun-free” schools increased significantly – the number of shootings in the nine years between 2009 and 2018 was double that of the nine years between 2001 and 2008.

Criminals often focus on “soft targets” because they know they are unlikely to encounter any armed resistance.

The best thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Allowing school staff to discreetly carry on campus is a proven deterrent.

Isn’t it time we accept the truth about armed school staff and act to protect our kids, teachers and staff from criminals who seek to kill as many of them as possible?

 

G. Lamar Wilkie

Manchester