Defensive Gun Use

Armed teacher stops attempted kidnapping in Utah

28 May , 2021   Video

Any teacher in Utah with a concealed handgun permit is able to carry their permitted concealed handgun at school. In this case, a teacher first protected an 11-year-old that this unrelated stranger tried to grab off a school playground and then protected the class of students from this man when he got into the school.…

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Major New Research on School Safety: Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns haven’t seen school shootings during school hours

13 May , 2019  

Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns are Extremely Safe: Data on the Rate of Shootings and Accidents in Schools that allow Teachers to Carry


After the Columbine school shooting 20 years ago, one of the more significant changes in how we protect students has been the advance of legislation that allows teachers to carry guns at schools.…

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Twelve States Mandate People can Carry Guns on College Campuses, 23 states leave it up to individual schools

1 Dec , 2018  

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On Thursday, May 4th, 2017, Georgia became the 12th state to mandate that public universities allow people to carry guns on campus.  Following Arkansas, Georgia was the second state to pass campus carry in 2017.  Ten other states have done so: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee (faculty and staff), Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.  …

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Why we should have armed teachers

24 Apr , 2018   Video

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

14 Apr , 2018  

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.



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

20 Mar , 2018  

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.…



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

14 Mar , 2018  

We know of seven cases: two involving a teacher at an elementary school (though in one of these cases the teacher was carrying the gun illegally) 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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States that allow teachers and school staff to carry guns

9 Mar , 2018  

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

29 Jan , 2018  

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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Fears of permitted concealed handguns prove unfounded: A very quiet first year at public universities in Texas

4 Aug , 2017  

UPDATE (August 2, 2018): The original post was after the first year of Texas’ public universities being forced to allow people to carry permitted concealed handguns. At this point it has now been two years and there has been one year of experience for the Texas community college system, but if anything, what was a smooth first year has gone at least as smoothly the second year — there have been no real problems this second year.…