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A Number Of Missouri Schools Have Already Armed Its Teachers With Guns

A Number Of Missouri Schools Have Already Armed Its Teachers With Guns
3 months ago

After the shooting last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, people once again starting calling for some form of gun control. One week later, President Trump surprised the nation by holding a 'listening session' with relatives of those killed in mass shootings. The media wondered if this signaled that the President may actually buck the NRA and offer up some kind of consolation prize to gun control advocates. However, these hopes were quickly dashed when the President began to advocate the old 'a bad guy with a gun can only be stopped by a good guy with a gun' trope.

He has since doubled down on this, tweeting on Saturday...

But apparently, according to USA Today, some schools in Missouri are already doing this.

They reported...

"Sydow is the superintendent of the Fairview R-XI School District in West Plains, Mo. Shortly after 20 first-graders were killed in 2012 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Fairview schools partnered with a local security company to start arming some teachers. More than a dozen other Missouri schools have followed Fairview's lead."

They went on to explain...

"The way the process works in Fairview, Sydow said, is that faculty members interested in carrying concealed handguns go through an initial 40-hour training session with Shield Solutions security company that includes a psychiatric evaluation.
Teachers who pass the initial training must also complete 24 hours of additional training every year to maintain their ability to carry guns at school, Sydow said."

This is of course despite the fact that the American Federation of Teachers came out strongly against this idea.

The head of the union, Randi Weingarten, tweeted on Saturday...

It should also be noted that there was in fact, an armed guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. This did not stop the shooting from taking place as the guard never even entered the building.

Many thought this idea was a slippery slope...

Of course, many conservatives regurgitated the 'gun free zone' talking point...

Which, of course, received swift pushback...

But mostly, people just thought this idea was dumb...

You know what would be a better way to curb gun violence? Pass a new assault weapons ban, ban bump stocks, pass universal background checks, and create a national gun registry.

H/T: Twitter, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times