Are you, or do you know, a teacher willing to carry concealed at work?

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    Are you, or do you know, a teacher willing to carry concealed at work?

    If you're a teacher who is/isn't willing to carry a concealed firearm while at work — why?

    Or, do you know any teachers who have expressed their opinions on carrying at school? What did they say?

    Also attached is a poll asking: Would you send your child(ren) to a school where teachers carried concealed firearms? The poll is anonymous, so be honest. And, if there are caveats such as training requirements, etc., share them, please. I couldn't fit anymore words in the poll question, heh.

    I recently got into a discussion (read here) with a former high school English teacher of mine, whom I respect a great deal. She's still teaching, but since Sandy Hook, her opinions on firearms have been shared freely on Facebook. I'm not even sure she had an opinion on firearms until Newtown happened, but alas.

    Lately she's been posting more about her opposition to teachers carrying firearms at school, basically saying, "keep your guns, let me teach." But, she seems to think teachers would be forced to carry a firearm to work, even though that's not been the case and likely would never be the case — it'd be purely voluntary. At least, that's how she's coming across.

    So it made me wonder what you all thought. Thanks for the participation and the conversation!
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    My dad is a retired teacher and he would not carry nor woould he ever own a gun. My sister is a teacher in MA and she would never own a gun or carry.
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    I am a teacher, and if it were legal and my school didn't have a policy against it, I would carry to work.
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    My girlfriend is a teacher and she would be comfortable carrying around children, but most teachers probably would not. In my opinion, even if a relatively small percentage of our teachers decided to carry at school, and it was known by the public that teachers might be packing heat, it would be enough to deter most of these idiots because it would no longer be a guaranteed defenseless scenario.

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    What if there was a Biometric safe in the classrooms.

    That way any weapons would be tucked away safely while the children are in the classroom.
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    I am married to a teacher that has taught for 35 years.

    A good percentage of the teachers in this town have permits. They have come through my classes. Most of the Principals and Vice Principals have them.

    We have had this discussion. Most of them would carry to school if it were legal. Most of them understand that following the law in its present form can get them killed. None of them like the idea of working in a target rich environment where a shooter has all of the advantages.

    We have had several active shooter drills over the years. This is a good thing because it has opened some eyes.

    I have a fix. One that cost nothing, is very efficient, and makes good sense.

    Pass a law that allows any teacher that would the ability to carry at school.
    For those that would, they attend special training administered by CHL Instructors. Include several active shooter scenarios,teach a bit about ballistics, what to do or not do in a situation.
    Appoint them as "Special Deputys". The Sheriff has this ability. They are given certain powers that most dont have...the power to detain, apprehend, arrest, on school grounds,at school functions.
    They would be covered from a liability standpoint. Issue them a radio to communicate directly with the Police in emergency situations, saving precious time or misunderstandings in communication.

    It covers all the bases, can be done for free,and can add an imense level of protection so that "school shootings" become unheard of and are only an ugly blot in our history.
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    My wife is a teacher and has no interest at all in guns. I've tried to get her to shoot, but she won't do it. One of her co-workers has a CHP, and it would be fine with me if she could carry at school. My daughter also attends this school.

    I think it should work like the airline pilots that carry. If the pilots want to carry, (they aren't required to) they go through special training on their own time. It is more involved than the training that was required for me to get a CHP. I think that having some employees carrying concealed would do more to stop mass shootings than a resource officer that is carrying. The shooter wouldn't know where the resistance might come from.

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    Yes, I personally know teachers and administrators with CCW permits who could carry, and any of them would be a great resource for stopping an 'in house' shooter.
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    I'm a teacher. I and many of my colleagues would love to carry at work.

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    I was a science teacher near Los Angeles for 13 years; I certainly would have carried had it been legal. Heck, the kids did...

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    I have a wife, two daughters and a daughter in law--all Texas teachers-- who would carry given the opportunity. Two additional Texas School Districts approved carry by Texas CHL licensed staff last week and more will fall in step, I believe. Armed teachers in any percentage of the classrooms are better than a LEO/security guard at the front door.

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    I also wanted to note that I can't imagine many forum members here opposing the idea of teachers being given the opportunity to carry if they wanted to (as shown by the poll). I'm sure that most all of us (even my noob-self) realize that carrying concealed can be done very safely, even around young children, and that the only thing that stops a BG with a gun is a good guy with gun.
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    My wife is a teacher and loves to shoot. Even has her own Glock 19 and wants her own AR one day. She has also expressed interest in getting a CPL.

    That said, she still doesn't like the idea of carrying at school. She knows how easily kids can get into things and doesn't want the worry or distraction of yet another thing to look after on top of the 30+ kids in her classes.

    She is all for the posting of armed guards or police though.

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    I am a teacher. I have my concealed handgun license. I would carry if I were allowed to do so. If I am going to have to take a bullet for these kids (I certainly hope not), I would like to be able to shoot back.
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    Why teachers as the primary protectors of our children, secondary, yes. I live in Palm Beach County Florida and the Palm Beach county school district has had their own Police Department since 1972 with police officers assigned to most schools and part time at others. Point of interest, Palm Beach county is 2,400 sq miles and has a population of 1,321,000 and is as large as the State of Delaware population, 917,000. Back in the day our leaders had common sense and saw the need for security within our schools. Today because of the influx of retirees from NJ and NY they see it as a waste of their tax dollars and I am quite sure as their numbers grow there will be changes made to the system.
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