Arming Teachers Disarms Planning – Armed Teachers in Classroom – A Firestorm Insights Paper With Harry Rhulen, CEO
Firestorm recognizes the ongoing National debate regarding arming school employees with firearms. To gain insight about the topic, we present these insights by Firestorm CEO, Harry Rhulen.
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December 14, 2012: a day etched in the memories of countless people. The day 20 children and six school employees were killed in the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting. Since that day, parents, school officials and others have been striving to create safer schools in various ways. Some have questioned gun control while others are focusing on mental health.
Various schools are focusing on a different way to help protect our schools: arming teachers and school employees. For $17,500 and 40 hours of training with Shield Solutions, 10 Missouri school districts have decided to put teachers into training classes. Taught by current law enforcement officers, in these classes two staff members from each school are taught how to use a Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol. Other training topics include weapons maintenance, threat identification, discretionary shooting, one-handed shooting, shooting while moving, barricade shooting and “the warrior mindset.”
Former Missouri Highway Patrol trooper and founder of Shield Solutions, Greg Martin, says his plan “calls for one or two staff members carrying concealed weapons, anonymously, their identities known only to school district administration and local law enforcement.” These anonymous teachers will be required to carry yellow security sashes and the pistol at all times. Read more about the training program here.
Many states are wrestling with the wisdom of allowing teachers and faculty to carry guns including Alabama, California, New Jersey and Oregon. In Ohio, over 600 teachers had applied for training in the beginning of 2013.
Although the program is supported by some, many believe it is weak at its core. Principal of Eudora High School in Kansas and president-elect of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, G.A. Buie, believes the program could not be more wrongheaded. “We would be asking school officials, trained as educators to make a quick transition from teacher to SWAT member, arrive on the scene, assess the situation, overcome the severe nervousness that naturally accompanies a deadly force incident and take immediate action before blood is shed.”
The question is, should teachers be armed and allowed to bring firearms into a school?
Firestorm CEO and co-founder, Harry Rhulen, shed light on the topic. Can it (armed teachers) be done? Yes, it can be done, “but it can only be done with a tremendous amount of discipline, training, planning and education.” Unfortunately, this is not the approach Firestorm has seen evolving.
SHORTCOMINGS OF THE PLAN
The statistics during an actual armed encounter cause an uneasy feeling. They are bad. The New York City Police Department conducted a study of all the armed intruder encounters that they have experienced. The trained and skilled NYPD officers are only successful at hitting their targets…download the full whitepaper here…