Protecting Students through the Second Amendment

WKRC in Cincinnati reports: “School staff training for an active shooter.”

Would you want teachers in your schools carrying guns?

It’s one of the most controversial issues in the entire country. In Ohio, around 40 school districts now allow teachers with concealed carry licenses to carry their weapons in class. In upstate Ohio there is top level, extraordinary teacher training.

The teachers and administrators train side by side with local law enforcement and paramedics at John Benner’s Tactical Defense Institute. They’re training for a nightmare, when classrooms and hallways become killing fields.

In one scenario the armed protector must quickly find and neutralize the bad guy as terrified students run out of a classroom.

Gun in hand he shouts, “Are there any other shooters? Are there any other shooters?”

Parents in a district asked that their staff be armed. The board OK’d the training and the carrying of weapons on campus by trained staff. Recent school shootings prompted them to ask not to identify the school district.

The superintendent acts as the shooter. He explained his reasoning on the controversial issue, “When does help come? Every 30 seconds 2 people die. That’s not acceptable. I don’t know when the 911 call gets made. I don’t know when law enforcement arrives. It’s not that they don’t want to help but when do they help and I want to keep my kids safe.”

Practicing on their home turf is the third and most sophisticated level of the training. Everyone already has a concealed carry permit and has passed the previous classes.

The lead instructor says, “If I heard somebody else shooting in there, I might take care of that first but bottom line, if we don’t hear those other shots being fired or anything like that, secure the gun.”

The instructors are from John Benner’s Tactical Defense Institute in Adams County, Ohio; one of the foremost training facilities in the country. Benner himself is a former SWAT commander.

This is the best kind of security–the kind recommended by DC police chief Cathy Lanier. Training and equipping people to protect themselves and their students is the most efficient and effective way to keep them safe. The only system that would be comparable would be to hire armed guards for each classroom. That would be far more expensive.

As I and others have written before, the Second Amendment is our republic’s system for national security and counter-terrorism.

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