In the wake of the Newtown elementary school tragedy the gun control debate has heated to a boiling point. Part of that discussion is whether having and armed teaching force would help prevent further tragedies. Texas Governor Rick Perry has umped into the fray with a statement supporting allows districts to determine if their teachers can carry guns.
“In the state of Texas, if you go through the process, have been trained, and you are a handgun-licensed individual, you should be able to carry a gun anywhere in the state.”
On Monday, state Rep.-elect Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, announced he will file legislation to allow public school teachers to carry concealed weapons at school.
At least one Texas school district already has such a policy in place.
In my mind it comes down to one simple question. What is the job of a teacher? It is to teach! It is not to protect and serve on a crisis level. These are dedicated educators who are spending up to 1k per year of their own money for basic school needs for their students! We want to add on the responsibility to put a bullet in a deranged person with a gun? No!
That is the job of specially trained law enforcement. The lawyer in me sees all kinds of problems that could arise.
To discuss this further my guest today is Crisis Risk management specialist Jeff McKissack of Defense By Design. For years he served as the national representative for the critically-acclaimed CHILD LURES Crime Prevention Program during which time he personally addressed over 250,000 children and teens as well as over 40,000 adult professionals via continuing education seminars to the educational, medical, legal, ministerial and law-enforcement communities.