Pennsylvania Considers Arming Teachers

There’s a bill being considered in the Pennsylvania state legislature that would allow teachers and staff to carry guns on campus:

A year ago, top lawmakers and the Corbett administration said they didn’t want to talk about arming teachers in a bid to deter gun violence in schools, but that’s exactly the debate state Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) wants to have.

White’s proposal would let school boards decide whether their school employees can carry firearms. He said the idea came from teachers in his district.

“And their reasoning to me was, ‘Look, who knows the students better than we do, who knows the school building and the infrastructure better than we do? We think we should have other options of defending ourselves and our students and fellow faculty than hiding in a closet or locking a door or jumping in front of bullets,'” said White.

He said allowing school faculty to carry firearms might allay the concerns of parents who send their kids to rural schools, where the closest police presence might be too far away to deter a violent intruder.

Senate Bill 1193 was introduced by State Senator Don White, and House Bill 122 was co-sponsored by State Representative Stephen Bloom. The Sentinel quoted White’s statement seeking support for the bill:

“As we weigh our options, I believe we need to consider providing school employees with more choices than just locking a door, hiding in a closet or diving in front of bullets to protect students. With the legal authority, licensing and proper training, I believe allowing school administrators, teachers or other staff to carry firearms on the school premises is an option worth exploring.”

Bloom offered a truly common sense solution to school “gun violence”:

“…We have a moral duty not to trap our innocent school kids in environments where they become helpless victims of indiscriminant attackers. The evidence is clear from case after case that mass murderers choose to commit their heinous crimes in schools and other so-called ‘gun-free’ zones because they know their victims will be utterly defenseless. Giving properly trained education professionals the reasonable opportunity to protect the students placed into their care will save precious lives.”

Not surprisingly, police have come out against these bills. I know a lot of conservatives are all for having police officers as security guards at schools. I just think that’s unnecessary. Why pay for a security guard when it would be much more cost effective to have a select few teachers and administrators (or anyone that wanted) carry concealed?

And yes, they’d have to go through training and all that, but that would be cheaper and better than hiring a police officer to patrol school hallways.

The government’s answer is always going to be more government. But it never works as well as the government thinks it’s going to work. More often than not, less government and more freedom brings about the most common sense solutions.