At Least One School District in Liberal California Actually Cares About Students’ Safety
When it comes to the safety of our children at school, there is a clear dividing line between liberals and conservatives. Liberals instantly want to ban all weapons from school property, aka gun free zones. Conservatives on the other hand believe that arming and training teachers and faculty is a better way to protect your kids.
In December 2012, I addressed the topic, writing:
“So what is the solution? How about taking a look at what works in other countries like Thailand and Israel. Both countries have active terrorist threats against school children by Muslim extremists and Jihadists. In an effort to prevent a similar shooting at their schools, they have been arming their teachers. Many teachers in Israel and Thailand now carry concealed handguns with them.
The Israeli government told the people that they would protect them and they created gun-free zones in the country. Those zones soon became known as victim disarmament zones.
In 1974, Jihadist terrorists attacked Israeli school children on a field trip to a tobacco farm. The attack killed 25 and wounded 66 other. In 1978, terrorists attacked an Israeli school bus, killing 37 children and wounding 76 other people.
Israeli people had enough of the gun free zones and failed promises of government protection. Instead of tightening up gun control laws, they started arming teachers and others and trained them how to protect their students.
In 2002, Jihadists tried to enter an Israeli school, only to be repelled by armed teachers. In another incident, a suicide bomber that was intending on blowing himself up at an Israeli school was shot and killed by an armed teacher before he was able to detonate the bomb.
The threat of violence against school children is still high in Israel and Thailand, but we don’t hear of nearly as many successful attacks being carried out since they started arming teachers. Their programs have proven to be very successful and I believe we should implement the same thing here. Let’s arm our teachers before we disarm the people.”
Since that time, a growing number of states have passed laws allowing for properly trained and licensed teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons at school in order to protect your kids. One of the first places that I heard of that took steps to train and arm teachers and faculty was Clarksville, Arkansas.
Just north of where I live, Ohio also passed laws allowing for the training and arming of teachers and faculty. A month ago, I shared that in Ohio, over 400 teachers and faculty have been trained and licensed to carry conceal weapons at school. The training facilities have a waiting list of over 2,000 more educators wanting to be trained and licensed to protect your kids.
It’s not surprising to me that the response in Ohio would be so great as most of the state is relatively conservative. However, one of the latest reports of a school district taking steps to train and arm their educators does surprise me as it comes from one of the most liberal and anti-gun states in the nation – California.
Kingsburg, California is a small town of about 11,000 people, located 20 miles southeast of Fresno. Originally a railroad town, Kingsburg is mostly an agriculture town. At a recent meeting of the Kingsburg Joint Union High School District, board members voted to arm up to five staff members in a move to help protect students.
Superintendent Randy Morris told the media:
“I am a proponent of the Second Amendment, and I’m also the biggest proponent of protecting the kids.”
The local law enforcement department fully supported the move and helped the school board devise their plan. Neil Dadian, Chief of the Kingsburg Police Department, referred to the school shooting at Sandy Hook when he spoke to the media, saying:
“Imagine if one of those teachers was also armed. They could have stopped that. … The loss of life would’ve been much less. My opinion? If a staff member wants to put themselves at risk like that, I’m all for it. I think what they’re doing is everything they possibly can to protect their students, and God bless them for that.”
“It would be comforting, or nice to know, that somebody was on campus armed and could stop the violence.”
Dadian understands that by the time the police are notified and able to respond to an active school shooting, it’s usually too late to save the students. Yet, most liberals fail to grasp the reality that it takes police an amount of time to respond and in that amount of time, an active shooter usually has done most of the shooting, killing and wounding students and faculty. If there had been even 1 armed teacher or faculty member at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it’s quite possible many of the kids that were killed could still be alive.
Whenever I speak with a liberal who is against arming educators, I point out that Barack Obama is also against arming school staff, yet the school his kids attend have around 10-11 armed guards on duty during school hours. He’s okay with armed personnel protecting his kids, but not your kids. Then I ask them if their kids are less important, valuable or loved than Obama’s.
For the sake of your kids’ lives, more and more states and school districts need to take action to train and arm teachers and faculty to help protect them. Making their schools gun free zones only sets your kids up as vulnerable targets for any whacko who wants to see his or her name in the media spotlight.