This comes as a slight surprise to me coming from the folks on the left coast. There’s a school district in Oregon that’s decided to allow all teachers with concealed carry licenses to carry on school grounds. ABCNews.com reported:
St. Helens School Board chairman Marshall Porter told ABCNews.com that the board lifted a ban that prevented school employees from carrying guns on campus with concealed weapons permits on Wednesday.
“The current law in Oregon allows for anybody to concealed carry on school grounds,” he said. “To exclude our staff seems like they’re being punished. They should have a right to protect themselves if they so choose.”
The repeal affects the seven schools within the St. Helens School District, including two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and three alternative schools, Porter said. Porter said he voted to repeal the gun ban to allow adults to protect children if confronted with a school shooting crisis.
“If [staff members] were faced with a horrific choice, if they had to defend themselves against a kid — which has been the thing — I think it would be a hard decision for them, one that they would educate themselves on,” he said. “I do believe we’re talking about educators, people who have the interest of the children in mind.”
The school board voted 4 to 1 in favor of lifting the gun ban. The board chairman stated that most of the feedback from parents has been positive. And they’ve only received one comment of dissatisfaction. A school board member Kellie Smith stated, “I have my kids in there. If there was a chance that something was to happen, and there’s a chance that a teacher might be able to protect them, I’m fine with that.”
Now that this school district allows their teachers to carry concealed, what mass murderer is going to go to one of those schools, knowing that there is a risk he could die before he claims any victims? If this student in Nevada knew that the teachers were carrying concealed, would he have tried to open fire in the first place? If Adam Lanza knew that the teachers at Sandy Hook may have all been carrying weapons, would he have even tried going to that school to kill as many people as possible?
At least this little Oregon school district understands that gun-free zones end up being the shooting grounds for criminals. I guess the officials there are more concerned about student safety than they are about forcing gun control on citizens.