Monday, I talked about four things I often hear from gun control advocates about what we should do about the tragedies that occur at the business end of a firearm. One of the suggestions I threw into the mix was that we should eradicate the “gun free zone,” where 92% of mass shootings have happened since 09′.
When I suggest eliminating the “gun free zone,” I especially mean public schools. It is my opinion – and one that I’ve been vocal about – that schools should utilize some of their budget to hire armed security. Better than that, it’s my belief that the teachers themselves should be armed. If a shooter ever does decide to walk into a school with the intent to kill, he’ll quickly be put down by the faculty, who will stand as a dangerous wall of flying led between he and the children.
This is exactly what Argyle ISD in Texas has been doing since last year. Now, we’re seeing true progress.
“Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.” reads a sign in front of the school. Which staff? We’ll hopefully never have to know, and the school isn’t telling. For any shooter foolish enough to walk into the school, where the bullets come from will be a complete surprise.
This is made possible by the Protection of Texas Children Act passed back in 2013. The bill was cooked up by Texas State Rep. Jason Villalba (R), and signed into law by Rick Perry. The law allows schools to have the option to create “school marshals,” or armed school staff.
“With the passage of House Bill 1009, the Protection of Children Act, school districts are now given another option in how to protect our most precious resource, our children. The bill allows local school districts to designate a school employee as a school marshal who could respond to life-threating situations before police arrived, possibly saving many lives,” said Senator Kelly Hancock (R). “Under provisions of the law, local school districts would not be prohibited from adopting policies that further protect students and teachers if those districts chose to allow greater freedom for gun rights.”
In order to carry, these school marshals must undergo emergency and firearms training, keep a handgun license, and pass a psychological evaluation. Marshals must under go this every two years, thus making the qualifications for carrying around children an ongoing process.
With all the proof that more guns leads to less crime, it’s a strong bet that Argyle ISD is now one of the safest school districts in the nation. Over time, we may see more districts adopt this policy. This will put the fears of our children being defenseless to rest, and will hopefully make tragedies like Sandy Hook a thing of the past.