WHAT IT IS
- Teachers in Colorado received firearms training from a group called FASTER (Faculty/Administrative Safety Training & Emergency Response).
- The initiative by FASTER, and rise in school shootings, has encouraged lawmakers in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to consider bills allowing teachers to be armed in the classroom.
WHY IT MATTERS
There have been 220 shootings on school campuses in the U.S. since 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. It seems school officials and lawmakers are willing to try anything to prevent more incidents from occurring, despite numerous credible studies showing guns may not make society safer.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Under current law, people with permits to carry firearms can still bring them into “gun-free” zones, and states have a lot of flexibility regarding who they want to license and how.
- The Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill on June 28th that would give school boards the power to arm their teachers.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Will teachers be able to desensitize themselves to disarm and potentially harm a student?
- Is this a state or federal issue?