Sunday, August 17, 2008

Teachers allowed to carry guns in Texas!

HARROLD, Texas (AP) — A tiny Texas school district may be the first in the nation to allow teachers and staff to pack guns for protection when classes begin later this month, a newspaper reported.

Trustees at the Harrold Independent School District approved a district policy change last October so employees can carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting teachers follow certain requirements.

In order for teachers and staff to carry a pistol, they must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun; must be authorized to carry by the district; must receive training in crisis management and hostile situations and have to use ammunition that is designed to minimize the risk of ricochet in school halls.

Superintendent David Thweatt said the small community is a 30-minute drive from the sheriff's office, leaving students and teachers without protection. He said the district's lone campus sits 500 feet from heavily trafficked U.S. 287, which could make it a target.

"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that's when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can't defend themselves? That's like saying 'sic 'em' to a dog," Thweatt said in Friday's online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Thweatt said officials researched the policy and considered other options for about a year before approving the policy change. He said the district also has various other security measures in place to prevent a school shooting.

"The naysayers think (a shooting) won't happen here. If something were to happen here, I'd much rather be calling a parent to tell them that their child is OK because we were able to protect them," Thweatt said.

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(Common sense prevails! VN8)


Anonymous said...

When I first read about this, I thought that finally someone has understood that guns are NOT evil! When I think about Columbine or Virginia Tech, and everyone around me is screaming "guns kill! ban guns!", I say that, if only someone had been armed in those circumstances, he coulda saved many lives (perhaps his own included) and taken some sick bastard out without ever-lasting trials and media coverage! Guns are not evil, they are self-defense! It's time to stop the liberal anti-gun rubbish, period!

VoteNovember2008 said...

S&SP, speak it from the mountaintops. I went a couple of weeks ago with a real estate agent to look at a piece of property way out in the country. When we got there, there was a gate across the driveway and we couldn't drive in. I got out and started to climb across the cattle gate. She asked me, what are you doing. I said, I drove to see this property and I plan on walking in. LOL She was afraid of the danger. I said, don't worry I have a gun in my pocket. She nearly passed out. LOL I said you don't think I'm going to drive this far out in the woods and not have some protection! Weapon was not needed, but I was prepared. Thanks for stopping by. VN8

Anonymous said...

It works pretty darn well in Israel.