Please let me know if the residents of your school district have called for higher taxes to fund law enforcement officers at all schools. Have they asked for higher taxes to install metal detectors at entrances? Have they called for higher taxes to replace any of the other funding that has been lost for political gain?

In short, has anyone offered to chip in?

Ass far as I know from looking at armed teacher programs, none of them are anything but voluntary. Many of them don’t even help the teacher out with the cost of training and few offer to pay the teacher or staff member any more money to become a defender.

Training in school shooting protocols should be required. It’s not enough to simply start toting a handgun in one’s purse or on a belt. As Jeff Cooper, a very well-known authority on the topic of guns, once said, “Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.” But that training costs money, potentially thousands of dollars for a really rigorous course. The state of Texas requires 80 hours of police academy training for the School Guardian program, but many schools opt for less because state law requires the district to pay for the training.

Teachers are already paying for needed supplies out of their own pockets. It’s just my opinion, but they shouldn’t be expected to do that.

On the other hand, a dedicated school resource officer could cost as much as $100,000 per year. How many schools are in your school district? Where’s the money going to come from?

No one expects you to volunteer. On the other hand, just because you don’t like the teacher down the hall isn’t a real good reason to pooh-pooh the whole idea. Proper training includes things like safe handling, weapon retention and preferred methods of carry.

If we want to allow teachers to be armed, we should be willing to cover the costs for them. In return, we should require successful completion of more training than just whatever is required to get their concealed-carry permit.

You’re a teacher. You should know that some subjects require more study than others. This includes allowing teachers to carry firearms.

Incidentally, Texas has had armed teachers since 2007. To date, there have been no accidents, no teacher has ever had their gun taken, no teacher has gone off the rails and starting shooting up the place. They are all volunteers.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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