Research Shows Schools With Teachers That Carry Are Safer

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Anti-gunners keep repeating the rhetoric that teachers with guns won’t make children safer. It’s as if they believe having that gun on campus makes it more likely that a shooting will take place.

In fact, they probably do believe that, but the evidence simply doesn’t support that theory. In fact, research shows just the opposite. John R. Lott, Jr., President of the Crime Research Prevention Center released a research paper just last month (on April 17, 2019) which gives the details. The abstract of the paper says,

After the Columbine school shooting 20 years ago, one of the more significant changes in how we protect students has been the advance of legislation that allows teachers to carry guns at schools. There are two obvious questions: Does letting teachers carry create dangers? Might they deter attackers? Twenty states currently allow teachers and staff to carry guns to varying degrees on school property, so we don’t need to guess how the policy would work. There has yet to be a single case of someone being wounded or killed from a shooting, let alone a mass public shooting, between 6 AM and midnight at a school that lets teachers carry guns. Fears of teachers carrying guns in terms of such problems as students obtaining teachers guns have not occurred at all, and there was only one accidental discharge outside of school hours with no one was really harmed. While there have not been any problems at schools with armed teachers, the number of people killed at other schools has increased significantly – doubling between 2001 and 2008 versus 2009 and 2018.

It really doesn’t get much more clear than this: teachers carrying guns on campus don’t cause more killing. Teachers carrying guns on campus save lives.

So, we can have a discussion about whether or not teachers should carry firearms on campus for other reasons, but don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that teachers carrying on campus makes the campus less safe. And this increase in campus safety is a great reason for parents to insist that teachers get firearm training and carry a firearm on campus as part of their employment contracts.

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