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‘Armed Teacher Training Program’ Launches In 15 States

An Ohio gun owners’ group is launching an “Armed Teacher Training Program” to instruct teachers and school staff on how to shoot off firearms in the classroom.

Perhaps at the outlandish suggestion of the National Rifle Association, who last month called for armed guards in every school as a response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary, such programs are popping up around the country. In Ohio, the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, along with a group called the Tactical Defense Institute, is crafting a curriculum specifically designed for teachers and school staff. A local Fox affiliate has details on who is signing up– they report that more than one third of the applicants are women, and that “more than half of the applicants work in high schools”:

As of Wednesday, the Armed Teacher Training Program has attracted more than 600 applicants from several states including Ohio, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

“We knew this would be popular, but the response has exceeded out expectations,” said Jim Irvine, Chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation. “People doubted if we would fill the first class. That happened in hours. This is something many in our schools have been asking about for a long time.” [...]

“No one will be forced to be armed if they choose not to. The strategy is the same as ordinary concealed carry. No one will ever know who is or is not armed. Those who seek to do harm in schools should be met with armed resistance, even before law enforcement shows up. Over time, schools will no longer be considered easy, risk-free targets.”

Arming teachers is illogical. More guns in classrooms, inevitably, will lead to accidents and unintended harm. Shootouts between teachers and gunmen is unlikely to be a net positive for students. But moreover, doesn’t get to the heart of the issue. America’s gun violence epidemic is not limited to classrooms. Gun deaths are set to outpace motor vehicle accident deaths by 2015, and the victims are diverse: Women with abusive partners, couples caught in crossfire, teens caught up in gangs, men carjacked while driving down the street, women mugged walking home through the park. The list is endless. Even in a world where arming teachers is the best solution for preventing a tragedy like Sandy Hook, it offers no hope to victims of gun violence out in the rest of society.

by Anonymousreply 1301/05/2013

How about getting to the actual root of the problem, which is the proliferation of firearms in this country and our insane gun culture and try to find ways to change it?

Oh that's right, it would be "un-American" to face the reality of the situation and any gun control attempts would be "communism." Silly me. Let's just give everybody guns then and pretend it's the Wild West.

by Anonymousreply 101/03/2013

Oh that's absolutely brilliant. I can't imagine a thing that could go wrong with this.

By all means take counsel from the NRA. It's good to have an unbiased, neutral point of view in this matter.

by Anonymousreply 201/03/2013

'MURRIKA!!! 'MURRIKA!!! WOO! 'MURRIKA!!!

by Anonymousreply 301/03/2013

Shootouts in schools. What a perfectly insane solution.

by Anonymousreply 401/03/2013

And so it begins . . .

by Anonymousreply 501/03/2013

It won't only be fundies who start home schooling their kids. Give it six months and there'll be a story about a kid shooting another kid or a crazy teacher using the gun as a threat for everyone to shut the fuck up, or worse, actually killing someone.

Strange thinking. There's never been a time in recent memory when a teacher hasn't been arrested for fucking a student, abusing a student or doing something else completely stupid. Obviously it's a small minority of them. Even so, the thinking behind this is insane.

by Anonymousreply 601/03/2013

If the same thing happens again, and a crazy, fearless gunman in body armor storms a school, there's no way a teacher will be able to get his handgun out of a locked drawer and outshoot a mandman with a semi-automatic.

But it'll give the NRA someone to blame. They'd much rather blame the victims, than keep the crazies from getting guns.

by Anonymousreply 701/04/2013

WELCOME TO AMERICA

by Anonymousreply 801/04/2013

Honestly, how is this not illegal?

Doesn't it fit any definition of conspiracy? Or negligence? Or premeditated child endangerment?

They are training people to shoot guns around children.

by Anonymousreply 901/04/2013

Sadly, it's relatively minor compared to other greater problems America faces, R9

by Anonymousreply 1001/04/2013

Imagine this in a high school, like Columbine. The perpetrators don't even need to bring their own firearms, just overpower the teacher who carries one.

by Anonymousreply 1101/04/2013

R11, as has been pointed out already, there was an armed policeman at Columbine and he still wasn't able to take down Eric Harris or Dylan Klebold.

by Anonymousreply 1201/04/2013

A rent-a-cop with a glock will be no more effective in taking down an armored, assault-weaponed perpetrator than will an army of armed teachers.

These people are fucking morons. It's too bad that the sane among us are the ones without the drive to arm ourselves to the teeth and kill things.

by Anonymousreply 1301/05/2013
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