24 Apr , 2018

Why we should have armed teachers

Should teachers and staff at schools be armed?  John Stossel and producer Maxim Lott made a video analyzing that question, and used CPRC research to do so.

More information on concealed handguns at schools is available here.  There are a couple of nitpicking points to make about the video.  The accidental discharge in California occurred at a firearms training class outside of normal school hours.  …

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14 Apr , 2018

At Penn Live: Here’s what Pa. can do to stop the next school shooting

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece at Penn Live (the PA Media Group, including the Harrisburg Patriot-News newspaper).  His piece starts this way:

Instead of solving the problem of violence in their halls, Pennsylvania schools are becoming a national punchline.

This week, one school district announced it will arm teachers with miniature 16-inch long baseball bats.

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20 Mar , 2018

When teachers have been given a chance to learn how to carry a concealed handgun, many have jumped at the chance

Three or four teachers and staff carrying at schools would probably be enough to protect most schools.  Time after time comments are made that teachers are just unwilling to carry.  Yet, every time free classes are offered for teachers, more want to take the classes than there is available space.

The latest example is from Michigan.…

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14 Mar , 2018

UPDATED: Accidental shootings on K-12 and University property by permit holders

We know of seven cases: one involving a teacher at an elementary school and the other six at colleges and universities around the country.  These relatively minor and rare cases are consistent with the evidence that we have gathered from six states on their not being any increase in insurance premiums for schools that allow teachers and staff to carry.  …

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9 Mar , 2018

States that allow teachers and school staff to carry guns

UPDATED: October 8, 2018 (ORIGINAL March 7, 2018): After the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, a number of states have considered allowing teachers and staff to carry concealed handguns.  The obvious question is how has it worked in the states that allow guns to be carried.  For example, here is information on accidental shootings and insurance premiums after they allow teachers to carry.  …

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29 Jan , 2018

In the New York Daily News with Congressman Thomas Massie on Gun-free zones for schools

Dr. John Lott and Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) have a new op-ed piece in the New York Daily News on the lessons from last week’s school shooting in Kentucky.  Here is how the piece starts:

Before knowing almost anything about last Tuesday’s mass public shooting at a high school in Kentucky, gun control advocates were once again calling for more gun control.

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5 May , 2017

UPDATED: Georgia becomes the 12th Campus Carry State

On Thursday, May 4th, Georgia became the 12th state that mandates that public universities allow people to carry guns on campus.  Following Arkansas, Georgia is also the second state to pass campus carry this year.  The other eleven states are: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan (can carry openly with a permit), Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee (faculty and staff), Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.  …

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27 Oct , 2015

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Allowing teachers and staff to carry guns in schools doesn’t increase school insurance premiums, info from six states

Utah

Curt Oda, past president of the Utah Independent Insurance Agents Association of Utah. Response received via text —

All public schools and most all public charter schools are covered by state risk management.
They also come under government immunity statutes and caps.
Some public charters and all private do get private insurance.  

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