Teaching Teachers Gun Control

Teaching Teachers Gun Control

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JWRussell USNR

El Paso, TX

#1 Jan 14, 2013
[" Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst calls for state-funded gun training for teachers and administrators.
Dewhurst outlined his proposal Friday, in a speech to the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Some locals say, it's too extreme while others believe it's exactly what's needed.
"To talk about them carrying a gun is just totally absurd," said Arlinda Valencia, president of the YISD Teacher's Association.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced Friday he wants state-funded specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators. Training -- to guard against possible school shootings.

"This is something they don't need. There's so much they have to do right now, especially with testing. There's a lot of responsibility in the classroom already," said Valencia.

Dewhurst said districts would nominate who they wanted to carry the weapons on campus. The training, he said, would be more extensive than what is currently required for a Texas concealed handgun license. How to respond technically and emotionally to active shooter scenarios on campus would also be taught.

"I think that's crazy. I think that that would be just silly," said Yvonne Velarde, an Eastside resident.
Velarde thinks safety in schools is a necessary practice, but arming teachers is not the answer.

Veronica Ortega disagrees. She has two children -- and while she said the training needs to be extensive, she believes the children would benefit.
"I think maybe they would feel a little bit safer. It's like a police officer. You have a police officer in school, they're trained. They're licensed to carry. They'd probably feel safer," said Ortega.
None of the local districts KFOX 14 spoke with today said they saw this as necessary.

Dewhurst said districts would not be required to participate.
Valencia said the funding should be used elsewhere and arming teachers shouldn't be a priority.

"Because of what has happened (in Connecticut), he wants to bring the first one to bring up the subject of how we're going to deal with this. But in all honesty, they really need to concentrate on giving back the money that's been cut from our budgets already," said Valencia.
Dewhurst didn't offer any other details and said the amount of funding needed would depend on the amount of districts that participated."]

Okay boys and girls it is time to make a decision of what type of public education you believe our students need. Do we take some teachers and teach them to use firearms in school to "protect our children" or wait and have a better program to have armed security officers at the schools and metal detectors set up so the students, parents and teachers all have to go through the same entrance. Shall we arm these teachers and then compensate them with extra pay that would amount to 1/2 their present salary. We would also have to have a large training facility manned each week so that these teachers could be properly trained as the Police and Sheriffs deputies are currently being trained. The cost of training is every teacher would have to use the same weapon type using the same ammunition. The school would have to purchase the weapons and the ammunition (which currently in some areas is sold out) and the practice rounds (no less than 5000 rounds for each teacher candidate). Then each teacher would have to pass a psychological examination to determine they are mentally fit. Are we ready yet. How many substitute TEACHERS ARE WE SUPPOSED TO HIRE?
Juan Garcia DeBaca PHD

El Paso, TX

#2 Jan 14, 2013
If the teacher s are going to be armed then i want the kids armed as well.
AREU5REAL

El Paso, TX

#3 Jan 15, 2013
The obvious solution is to offer teachers free training and a free pass to the local shooting range in order to hone their skills. The principals can then get a stock of weapons and keep them locked up in the office. Teachers can pick one up at the start of the day by showing proper ID and then turn them in at the end of the day. That way teachers won't have to buy expensive weapons. Smart principals will buy a range of guns, from small caliber pistols to shotguns to even perhaps an AK47 so the teacher can feel safe with the weapon of their choice. If schools offer these services for free, the teachers won't have to be paid any extra like you suggested.

Since: Feb 12

Tucson, AZ

#4 Jan 15, 2013
Having the teachers properly trained in the methods to handle a situation like th ones that have happened is the best solution.
The police take time to respond and by the time they arrive there can be multiple people already killed or injured. Having trained people on the spot provides an immediate response to any intrusion. The idea of metal detectors at the door is one part but someone approaching pulls a gun shoots the person at the door and has access at that point. Wiht other trained people on hane they cold respond and minimize any harm.
Restrcting gun ownership will do zero to help combat these problems as the criminals will still get the guns.
Training a number of teachers and administrators is a practical approach to protecting the students and staff.

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