There are many in the Education Industrial Complex who are outraged when anyone suggests teachers, other school employees, and carry permit holders have the option to legally carry a defensive firearm on school property. Their theory, “If there are no guns at school, there will be no school shootings.” Quite honestly, that is correct, except 300+ million guns aren’t going away, and criminals don’t follow the law.
Definition of criminal – One who breaks the law (and gets caught).
Keeping schools “gun free,” ensures a prime location for criminals bent toward nihilistic infamy. In most cases, a school shooter will have no armed resistance and can continue actively slaughtering innocents until they run out of ammunition, rage, or patience. Even having a school resource officer (SRO) provides no true insurance.
In one recent school shooting, a SRO very actively did his job, ending the shooting quickly and taking a non-life threatening bullet wound for his trouble. However, in Parkland, FL, the officer was a coward (in my personal opinion) and sheltered in place until well after the shooter left of his own accord. In other cases, the shooter neutralized the SRO as their first action. High death counts are the primary goal of these vain, glorious monsters. Ripe concentrations of the helpless will continue to be their fertile ground.
A recent court ruling in Pennsylvania seems to imply, current PA law allows those who are legally armed in the rest of the state to be armed on school campuses. The gist of the ruling is that, “those with a lawful purpose may be in possession.” Until now, that meant on-duty police officers.
The new ruling comes as a result of a man who was arrested with a knife on campus. The court found that as a carpenter, the knife was a tool of his trade, thus he had a lawful purpose to be in possession. This leads many legal scholars to infer a carry permit creates a lawful purpose for the carry of any weapon that can legally be carried elsewhere. This would include most knives and handguns according to PA law. This is especially important considering PA Governor Tom Wolf has vowed to veto any new laws allowing the arming of teachers or access for anyone with a carry permit, on school campuses.
School employees and parents are directly motivated to defend students in ways a SRO just isn’t. Principles, teachers, janitors, and the admin staff are all just as likely to be shot as the students. This places them in a position of self-defense. On top of that, most who choose school-related professions see themselves as shepherds anyway.
Parents are even more motivated than the school employees. Their child is potentially in the crosshairs. There are many examples of unarmed people attacking the shooter. Unfortunately, although this may buy time for others, it usually ends with the death or serious injury for the heroic actor. These same people are much more likely to quickly end the shooting—and live—if they are armed. Under current law, gun free zones are chosen because the monster with a gun, knows they will be able to rack up mass carnage with no effective resistance.
Allowing the option of carry, takes away the certainty of success and thereby reduces the likelihood of such attacks. It also provides an instant increase in security and survivability for all involved—except the shooter.
This idea returns liberty to the people, creates no new taxes and no new governmental agencies. It provides access for people who have already been demonstrated to be among the most law abiding citizens in our country. States like Oklahoma are already doing this and have not had a school shooting since they passed pro school carry legislation.
It’s almost like people ignore reality they don’t like, at the cost of other people’s lives.
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