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The Numbers Are In: Arming Teachers Works


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"Since 2013, 18 different states have approved policies that arm teachers. Additionally, 12 states mandate that colleges honor concealed carry permits, and 23 more states leave it up to individual schools. In all, that makes for a lot of armed civilians on schools in our country. One of the great concerns with doing this is that the wrong people will get shot. It does no good to stop mass shooters if you have a bunch of teachers accidentally killing school children.

Let’s look at the numbers. Since 2013, there have been exactly 7 discharges by teachers that cannot be classified as justified (for reference there have been thousands of discharges within training courses that aren’t being counted). Those seven discharges resulted in zero deaths. There were injuries, but none were life threatening. Also, none of the injured persons were students."


"Let’s recap. Arming teachers costs so little money we can’t measure it. The risk to students has been absolutely zero — not close to zero. No armed school has suffered an attack, and when we compare the similar program for pilots, we see the same statistics."

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