Dr. John Lott’s newest op-ed discusses the fact that 20 states allow teachers and other school staff members to carry guns under a variety of rules on school property, so we don’t need to guess about how safe these schools are. Some states have had these rules for decades.
Twenty years after Columbine High School shootings in Colorado, in which 12 students and one teacher were killed by two students who then committed suicide, Americans are still looking for what actions to take to stop mass public shootings.
The rest of the world, where mass public shootings are actually much more common, is also looking for solutions. Russia, France, Finland and Norway are among the European countries that have experienced far more deaths per capita than the U.S. from mass public shooting attacks.
Change is slowly coming across America. For example, a growing number of states and school districts are coming to the commonsense conclusion that we should not leave our children unprotected and defenseless in their schools.
Florida and Texas are both on the verge of enacting major improvements to their laws that will increase the number of teachers with guns who undergo firearms training to protect their students against attackers as a last line of defense.
With the strong support of the Republican governors and passage already by the state Senates in Florida and Texas, both bills are expected to become law in the next few weeks.
Florida’s bill removes a limitation that only allowed non-classroom-based staff (such as gym teachers, librarians and secretaries) to defend students.
Texas’ legislation would remove the cap on the number of school personnel allowed to carry firearms at schools if authorized by local school boards. The bill would allow them to carry concealed firearms at all times in school, enabling them to react quickly if needed to protect students. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.