PA: Let's Arm Teachers?
Apparently it's education crazy season in Harrisburg, with one ill-advised ed bill after another. But fear not-- at least one PA legislator wants some of us to start packing heat in school.
Senate Bill 383 intends to amend the school code, with the intent of "providing for protection and defense of pupils.
Sponsor Donald C White, who was an insurance salesman back before his 2001 election, explains the reasoning here:
In the aftermath of a number of tragic school shootings, the debate continues across the country on how we can better protect our children. While most of this discussion surrounds whether or not more gun control measures are needed, I believe we must look at all options when it comes to improving the safety and security of our children, teachers and school staff....
My bill would allow school personnel to have access to firearms in school safety zones if they receive authorization from the school board of directors, are licensed to carry a concealed firearm and have met certain training requirements in the use and handling of firearms (as outlined in my proposal)...
As we weigh our options, I believe we need to consider providing school employees with more choices than just locking a door, hiding in a closet or diving in front of bullets to protect students. With the legal authority, licensing and proper training, I believe allowing school administrators, teachers or other staff to carry firearms on the school premises is an option worth exploring.
No. No, it's not. Here's why I don't think it's an idea worth considering.
1) The window of opportunity is tiny.
From start to finish, active shooter events are short, short things. Chances are mighty slim that a CURMUDGUCATION: PA: Let's Arm Teachers?: