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Ohio to Allow Teachers to Carry Firearms

The bill was passed by the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly this week

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Reuters reports that Ohio will allow teachers to carry firearms after a training program of twenty-four hours. The country searches for solutions to prevent the multi-death shootings that have occurred recently—New York City subway, Buffalo, Uvalde, Tulsa, among others—as people who are wise and people who are not debating, scream and pontificate. Deaths from school shootings impress the soul as particularly savage.

Now, Reuters posts that Ohio is set to enact a law that allows teachers and other staff to be armed with guns in schools once they have completed the initial training. Advocates of the legislation are betting that armed teachers will reduce the frequency and deadliness of school shootings. They claim that armed teachers would allow school staff to confront an armed attacker before police entered. Or, as appears to be the case in Uvalde, if the police choose to ignore the shooting. Opponents of the legislation, which include teachers’ unions and the state’s main police officer union, assert that armed teachers will make schools more dangerous for children.

According to Reuters, the bill was finalized 10 days after a teenager with an AR-15-style rifle attacked a school in Uvalde, Texas. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed in the massacre. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, has said he will sign the bill into law.

READ: Georgia Gunmaker, Glock, Sued by NYC Subway Victim

The bill was passed by the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly this week. It was designed to defuse a ruling last year by the Ohio Supreme Court that said longstanding state law required teachers to complete more than 700 hours in a peace-officer training program before they could be armed with a gun on school premises.

“In emergency situations at our schools, seconds matter and tragedies can be prevented,” Representative Thomas Hall, the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement. Under the new law, school districts would have to notify parents if they decide to let armed teachers onto school premises. It was not immediately clear how many school districts would choose to allow teachers to be armed.

To qualify for carrying a weapon in a school, teachers would be required to undergo criminal background checks and receive 8 hours of additional training each subsequent year. DeWine said in a statement the governor’s office had worked with lawmakers since the Uvalde shooting “to remove hundreds of hours of curriculum irrelevant to school safety and to ensure training requirements were specific to a school environment.”

Teachers’ organizations didn’t like the bill. “The Ohio Education Association and the Ohio Federation of Teachers said in a joint statement that the bill was rushed and risky,” asserting that the bill would put “educators in the impossible position of making split-second life-and-death decisions without sufficient training. This could undoubtedly lead to more tragedies in our schools.”

Complete solutions for eliminating such tragedies are elusive, and perhaps non-existent. Likely, the best a moral society can do is prudently select trade-offs. Arming trained schoolteachers may be a prudent partial solution and can be implemented almost immediately. Ohio can look to the FASTER Colorado program (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response) which authorizes arming teachers under restrictive circumstances.

Directed by Laura Carno and under the auspices of the Independence Institute, FASTER training enables teachers, administrators, and other school employees to stop school violence quickly and administer medical aid immediately. FASTER is not intended as a replacement for Police and EMTs. Instead, it enables on-site personnel to save lives through prompt action.

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  1. Larry Lister

    June 6, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Finally an action taken by government that will clearly discourage someone from attacking unarmed teachers and students.

  2. Clarence Archer

    June 6, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Congratulations for the decision made in Ohio.I stand with you to. Unfortunately this is our responsibility in these last days if we want to protect our children.
    The Times are evil, the devil 😈 is real and he’s coming for everyone…everyone Granny’s even to babies.
    We must fight or we die. Congratulations to Ohio. May you be the first of many to take up arms for truth and righteousness

  3. Todd C Disner

    June 7, 2022 at 9:48 am

    School Shooting SOLUTION!
    Have Moms bring baked goods to the schools so police can take COFFEE BREAKS on school grounds. You then have ARMED GUARDS on campuses FOR FREE!

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Gunman In Highland Park Shooting Was ‘Dressed In Women’s Clothing’

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The suspected gunman who opened fire at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday was wearing women’s clothing as a disguise, police announced Tuesday.

The attack killed six people and injured dozens more, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek. The suspect, 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, was apprehended by police later that day near Lake Forest, Illinois.

“During the attack, Crimo was dressed in women’s clothing,” said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, FOX 10 reported. “Investigators do believe he did this to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity and help him during the escape with the other people who were fleeing the chaos.”

“He brought a high-powered rifle to this parade,” Covelli said. “He accessed the roof of a business via a fire escape ladder and began opening fire on the innocent Independence Day celebration-goers.”

“After the shooting, Crimo blended in with the crowd and walked to his mother’s home in the area where he borrowed her vehicle, Covelli said. A member of the community spotted Crimo driving and called 911,” FOX 10 reported. “Crimo was pulled over and arrested during a traffic stop about five miles north of the shooting.”

Investigators have interrogated Crimo and reviewed his social media but have not been able to determine a motive for the attack, Covelli said.

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Democrats Introduce ‘Transgender Bill Of Rights’

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On Tuesday, House Democrats introduced a “Transgender Bill of Rights” to “protect and codify the rights of transgender and nonbinary people under the law and ensure their access to medical care, shelter, safety, and economic security.”

Led by Democrat Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA), David Cicilline (RI), Marie Newman (IL), Mark Takano (CA), and Ritchie Torres (NY), HR 1209 proposes “amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics in public accommodations and federally funded programs and activities.”

“As we witness Republicans and an extremist Supreme Court attack and roll back the fundamental rights of trans people across our country, and as state legislatures across the country target our trans community with hateful, bigoted, and transphobic attacks, we are standing up and saying enough is enough,” said Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and co-chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force.

“Our Trans Bill of Rights says clearly to the trans community across the country that we see you and we will stand with you to ensure you are protected and given the dignity and respect that every person should have,” Jayapal added.

The bill seeks to increase the ability of children to get permanent and life changing surgeries by “eliminating unnecessary governmental restrictions on the provision of, and access to, gender-affirming medical care and counseling for transgender and nonbinary adults, adolescents, and children.”

The bill will additionally ensure that biological male students are allowed to compete in girls’ sports by amending federal “education laws to ensure that they protect students from discrimination based on sex, including gender identity and sex characteristics, and guarantee students’ right to participate in sports on teams that best align with their gender identity.”

Federal education laws will also be amended to allow students to :use school facilities that best align with their gender identity,” meaning that biological males would be allowed to use girls’ restrooms and locker rooms.

The bill expands beyond “transgender rights” to also ban states from making laws restricting abortion by “codifying the right to abortion.”

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