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March 23, 2018

3/6/2018 9:47:00 AM
Thoughts in support of armed teachers


     Since guns are all that's dominating the news right now I thought I would offer a few more things to think about.  Particularly on the idea of concealed-carry in schools.  Consider these when you think about the issue.

     • Teachers are already the first line of defense in protecting kids.  When a fight breaks out or someone pulls a knife who gets in there first to stop it?  The teacher - then someone calls the police. 

     • How many teachers get killed in shootings trying to protect the kids?  A coach in Florida put himself in the line of fire to protect his kids before the police were even on the scene.  It's a shame the only thing he could protect the kids with was his body.  

     • There are over 200 persons in Crawford County with concealed-carry permits and some of them are probably teachers or school administrators.  These folks come into contact with your kids now if they see them at Wal-Mart, the grocery store, the bank, or any other place that now allows concealed-carry.  Why would it be any different in a school?  

     • I've heard teachers and some police say that having armed teachers might put them at risk when the police finally do arrive.  A trained teacher would holster or put down their weapon upon arrival of the police so as not to become a target themselves.

     • If one school in Crawford County had a few armed teachers with signs on the entrances stating that fact do you think it would be the first or last target for a shooter?  These shooters have not proven themselves to be brave enough to go after targets with armed citizens.

     • Hiring enough armed guards to protect all schools would be very expensive.  How would you like your taxes going up to protect against something that may never happen?  Armed volunteers carrying their own guns costs nothing but a little time from the police to train them.  

     • Some advocate allowing retired veterans and volunteers to patrol the halls of schools.  Nice idea, but don't you think they would stand out to every person who saw them as not belonging there?  

     • I've seen where one state has gone to having locked boxes located in the school with trained teachers having the access codes to get to the guns.  It's better than nothing, but I'll bet within a week every student in the school knew where the boxes were and who was getting access to them.  Time to get to the boxes is a factor also.  With most shootings lasting only three minutes it'll take a while to get to the weapons.  With concealed-carry you just don't know who, or if on a certain day, a person may be carrying and the time element is gone. 

     I'll admit it.  I'm an advocate of concealed-carry for people who are background-checked and trained.  I don't trust people who are not trained to handle guns in a safe manner.  If you look at statistics you'll find some interesting facts.  Concealed-carry people do not commit crime as others do.  They are much safer as they have been trained and evaluated before being issued a Concealed Carry License (CCL).  People with CCLs are very cautious not to let others know they are armed, as the law Illinois Law requires the weapon to be concealed and not revealed to others.  

     The only downside I see to teachers carrying is that their students will be trying to figure out who is and who isn't carrying on any particular day.  But then - isn't that what we want bad guys to think about also?  

Phil Montgomery


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