Over the last two months, what would have been mass public shootings at schools in Illinois and Maryland were stopped by armed school resource officers. Of course, this should be three cases in a row. While Broward Deputy Scot Peterson arrived at the building one minute after the attack started, it was another 10 minutes before any officers attempted to enter the building.…
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. …
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.…
The Miami Herald has this description of the incredibly slow response from the Broward Sheriff’s office. While Broward Deputy Scot Peterson arrived at the building one minute after the attack started, it was another 10 minutes before any officers attempted to enter the building. From the Miami Herald:
Cruz was dropped off at the school by an Uber at 2:19 p.m.
Florida Senate votes to arm teachers, but this would be by far the most restrictive law in terms of the amount of training required by any of the 25 states that allow staff and teachers to carry. The 144 hours of training is 3.6 times more than in the next most restrictive state, South Dakota, which requires 40 hours of training. …
Police are extremely important in stopping crime, but they usually don’t arrive on the scene while the crime is occurring. Unfortunately, there are a couple cases where they could have been on the scene and chose not to do so. Broward County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scot Peterson wasn’t the only police officer who refused to enter the Stoneman Douglas High School. …
In 1998, when Dr. John Lott first proposed allowing teachers to be armed at schools virtually no one supported his idea. The op-ed that he had in the Wall Street Journal was not well-received. Still over the years, gun-free zones at schools have gradually been rolled back.
Today, however, President Trump came out in full force behind the idea of getting rid of gun-free zones at schools
Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release February 23, 2018
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AT THE CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
Oxon Hill, Maryland
The data below show the changes over time in both deaths from shootings at K-12 through college and also deaths from mass public shootings.
This data updates an earlier report that we had put out on deaths from school shootings in June 2014. Shooting deaths at K-12 schools make up over 78% of deaths at all schools, but despite an unusually large number of deaths so far this school year, both the number of deaths and the number of shooting incidents at K-12 schools has been declining over time. …
An ROTC student said the football coach could have stopped the shooter if he had his firearm. The coach was also a security guard. This was on Friday, February 17th, 2018, and it is something that you surely aren’t going to see on other television networks. When asked about guns on campus, Colton Haab, a 17-year-old student at Stoneman Douglas High School, noted:
“Absolutely, unfortunately, gun control, it’s definitely needed a little bit more.