Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at Townhall about teachers across the country getting training to protect their schools. The piece starts this way:
This weekend hundreds of teachers across the country will be getting training to carry concealed handguns at school. July 20th is National Train a Teacher Day with free training being offered for teachers by 239 instructors in 42 states.
The training is being offered even in states that don’t yet allow teachers to carry at school. “Even if folks aren’t allowed to have guns on campus, maybe they’ll have the knowledge to encourage change,” National Train a Teacher Day co-administrator Klint Macro told Treasure Coast Newspaper in Florida.
Other programs such as FASTER are also offering free firearms training to teachers across the country.
Police are important, but even stationing an officer at the right part of a school at the right time, they face a tough job in stopping mass public shootings. Mass public shooters are most likely to target the officer first. We’ve seen this time and again at malls, nightclubs and schools.
Others hope that background checks on the private transfer of guns will keep criminals from getting them. But even perfectly enforcing such a law wouldn’t have prevented one mass public shooting this century. Similarly, military-style “assault weapons” bans make no sense, as hunting rifles fire the same bullets with the same rapidity, and, anyway, most mass public shootings involve handguns.
But what is the backup plan when these other options fail?
Currently, 20 states allow teachers to carry guns under a variety of rules on school property, so we don’t need to guess what happens when teachers carry. Some states have had these rules for decades.
The Crime Prevention Research Center has released a new report examining every school shooting in the United States from 2000 through 2018.
There were 306 documented cases of gunshots on school property, 48 of which were suicides. Not counting suicides, 193 people died and 267 were injured in these incidents. Four cases were instances of accidental gunshots by police officers.
The rate of school shootings and the number of people killed by them has increased significantly since 2000. The annual death rate from 2009-2018 was twice that of 2001-2008 (even when one excludes suicides). This increase has occurred exclusively among schools that don’t allow concealed carry for teachers and staff. Indeed, with the exception of suicides or gang violence outside of school hours, no school that allows teachers to carry has experienced a death or injury from a shooting. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.