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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Eleven of Florida’s 67 School Districts are Arming Teachers

11 Oct , 2019  

Eleven of Florida’s 67 county school districts have given classroom teachers the option to carry guns. Only seven of those eleven school districts have made their policy intensions public and they include: Bay, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Okeechobee, Putnam and Suwannee. But if the idea is to deter attacks, it is better to publicly claim that they are having armed teachers when the don’t than to have armed teachers and not make sure everyone knows.…


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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On the Lars Larson Show: What have we learned about stopping mass public shootings in 20 years after Columbine?

20 Apr , 2019  

Dr. John Lott talked to Lars Larson on both his national and Northwest radio shows about what have we learned about stopping mass public shootings in 20 years after Columbine.

(Northwest Show, Friday, April 19th, 2019, from 4:05 to 4:14 PM)

Appears on 21 radio stations, including KVI in Seattle, KXL in Portland, and KXLY in Spokane, with about 350,000 listeners.…

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In the Journal of Health Behavior Research on “Should schools have teachers carry guns?”

10 Jan , 2019  

Dr. John Lott has a short piece on whether schools should allow teachers to carry guns in Health Behavior Research, a journal of the American Academy of Health Behavior. The paper can be downloaded here.


With 20 states having teachers and staff carrying guns to varying degrees on school property, we don’t need to guess how the policy would work.…

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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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Illinois Association of School Boards barely defeats arming teachers 53% to 47%

18 Nov , 2018  

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, the Illinois Association of School Boards barely defeats arming teachers 53% to 47%.

Members of the Illinois Association of School Boards voted Saturday against a resolution that would give school districts the option to train and arm staff.

The resolution failed 203-179. . . .

The resolution was mostly supported by rural districts that were concerned about emergency response time and their ability to hire resource officers, the statement said.


Two recent cases where school resource officers have stopped mass public shootings

17 May , 2018  

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.…


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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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.…