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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.

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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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