Training key for armed staff

It’s no surprise a working group assigned to study the issue of allowing armed teachers, administrators or volunteers in schools has been unable to reach consensus yet. It is not a question that lends itself to quick and easy answers.

However, it is encouraging that all of the different subgroups of the working group agree there need to be definite training standards for anyone who would be allowed to carry a gun in schools. Equally important is the suggestion that all those considered for carrying weapons undergo physical and psychological examinations to ensure they are fit for the duty.

It takes more than passing a concealed-carry class to be capable of handling a gun correctly in a situation where someone may be shooting at you or others. Even well-trained, seasoned police officers have difficulty in those situations.

Protecting children by allowing a select number of qualifying adults to carry guns on campus demands the highest level of assurance that those who carry the weapons will make schools safer, not more dangerous.


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