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This report by Alex Parker at redstate.com reports on Texas’s efforts to legislate armed staff and teachers in schools. In his article he raises a couple of questions that Distributed Security’s Bill Tallen answers below:
What do you think? Are we safer with more guns in school? Or is it best to limit the number of armed staff, therefore hopefully more effectively relegating the privilege to the very most-equipped staff to handle such an immense responsibility?
First, Texas both before and after the reported legislation is in no way
unique. Over half the states in the
nation have provisions that allow armed staff – in some cases any legally armed
citizen – on school property. And here’s
the first and perhaps the most important question: Alex asks, “What is the balance of lives saved due to the deterrent versus
harm done via accidents or improper use of force?”
The historical record of armed “good guys” on
school property since the passage of the federal Gun Free School Zones Act in
its final form in 1996 makes this answer an easy one.
There has been one – exactly one – documented
accident, which occurred in Utah early one morning (before any students were
present), when an armed teacher dropped her drawers in a bathroom, and a
presumably substandard handgun fell out of a clearly substandard holster, hit
the floor and discharged, demolishing the toilet bowl and wounding the hapless
teacher, whose leg was struck by a ceramic shard. Context is important: Utah’s law (still in
place) allows anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry on school property.
The school’s administration need not be informed or aware; there are no standards
or for acceptable firearms, holsters, or ammunition; and there is no training
standard beyond the minimal one required to obtain a permit. Since this has not
happened again in any Utah school, we might (since we have no access to
confidential personnel files) infer that the teacher involved is no longer
employed or received a solid education in how to carry and handle a firearm
safely; and others took her inadvertent lesson to heart. It is hard to argue
with Utah’s record of success with its law over the last twenty years, but a
case can be made that there are better ways to provide armed security in our
There has been, across the country, not a
single case of improper use of force involving a legally carried firearm in a
school. Students do not take away
teacher’s guns; teachers who carry do not “go off the deep end” and shoot
people. Opponents of “guns in schools”
can’t stop expressing their fear of these events, but there’s no evidence to
support their angst.
So there you are: on one end of the scale,
only one minor accident nationwide in the last twenty years, and no improper
use of force. Against that, we weigh the
interesting datum that there appears to have been no shooting – zip, zero, none
– in any school in America that has had school staff – or citizens, as in Utah
– legally carrying concealed weapons.
Note this does NOT include schools with “school resource officers” or
other uniformed, armed security personnel, because schools “defended” by those
have been attacked, with a very mixed record. At Columbine, and in Parkland,
Florida, school resource officers failed to stop the shootings; in a few other
cases, they have been successful. But the key thing is that when a potential
attacker does not know how many people may be armed in their target location,
or who they are, or where they will be at any given moment – they simply don’t come,
because they cannot be confident of how long they will have to work their evil
intentions before someone steps forward to stop them; they do understand that
it would be within the first few minutes, long before police arrive on scene. That is deterrence.
So the simple answer to Alex’s question is
this: concealed carry by school staff appears to have deterred attack (saving
lives from potential threats), while there has been essentially no down side to
balance against that sterling record.
Local control is key to the success of this
approach. State legislation must
establish the legal authority for armed school staff, because they must
“license” individuals to carry as an exception to the federal Gun Free School
Zones Act. But once that authorization is in place in state law, local school
boards – the lowest level elected officials in the nation, presumably
responsive to the wishes of their community – must establish policy, and
approve armed individuals in their schools.
Where a community strongly supports this approach, the school board
trustees should ensure that it happens, and provide for careful vetting of
volunteers, as Texas does, and establish specific requirements for initial and
ongoing training and for the safety and effectiveness of firearms, ammunition,
and ancillary equipment.
There is no logical reason for a legislature
to limit the number of staff members who can be armed in a school; their job,
and the school boards’ job, is to set a high bar of qualifications and
training, and then support, encourage, and approve every individual who
volunteers and meets those standards. The Texas legislature has shown that they
understand this simple principle.
I have yet to meet a proponent of arming
school staff who does not understand the importance of detection and
intervention programs to prevent school shootings from occurring. But rather
obviously, these shootings do occur, and each time they do, it’s because those
programs have failed. Innocent lives
must be protected if and when that day comes.
Alex quotes one opponent of armed school staff who gets it exactly wrong. Guns in the hands of carefully screened volunteers, who train to a rigorous standard, are precisely that last line of defense, and will deter armed attack or – if deterrence fails – defend innocent lives. “Adding guns to the problem” in the hands of dedicated, well-trained persons is most definitely the solution.
Bill Tallen is Executive Vice President – Tactical Operations for Distributed Security. Prior to joining the enterprise he had a 20 year career with the Department of Energy, where he served as a Federal Agent, team leader, unit commander, training instructor, and manager in the agency which provides secure transportation of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials within CONUS. He helped to found DOE’s Special Response Force program, developing and teaching urban and close quarter battle techniques to Federal Agents charged with recovery of lost assets. He has designed and conducted a variety of wargaming efforts in support of vulnerability assessments, security system design, and leadership training, and has taught a variety of crisis decision making models. Bill holds the degree of Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
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I would agree with Mrs. Gillibrand’s characterization of ‘brave’ if the young men she’s referring to were lobbying for the training and weapons necessary to defend their classmates* from violent attack. Instead her ‘brave’ are a bunch of whiny entitled pajama boys hiding behind their mommy’s skirt.
*Yes. I am continuing to suggest that responsible young men and women in high school be given the training, weapons and supervision necessary to help defend their classmates from violent attack. This is no different than fielding a varsity level football team.
As I watched New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s first press conference after the mosque shooting, I was struck by how naive her comments were. She seemed to think that her country existed in a utopian world exempt from terrorism. Now, further demonstrating her naivete, she is proceeding with a hysterical, half-baked plan to confiscate the weapons her citizens need to defend against future attacks.
These are the facts for New Zealand. It will happen again. Law enforcement will not be there when it happens again, and via her gun confiscation scheme, she has eliminated the most effective measure her citizens have for defending themselves.
Exit question. Why is Jacinda taking weapons from lawful New Zealanders? The crime was committed by an Australian who purchased his weapons legally and held all of the proper permits.