At Least 20 Schools in Ohio Change Policies to Allow Individuals to Carry Guns for Protection of Students
According to a recent survey by the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, at least 20 Ohio schools have changed their policies in the last year to allow more individuals to carry guns on campus in order to protect students.
According to a post on the Buckeye Firearms Foundation website,
There are at least 20 different school districts in Ohio that have authorized individuals such as teachers, administrators and parents to carry firearms in schools. The list includes rural, urban and suburban schools. It includes public, private and parochial schools. It covers small, medium and large schools and all grade levels. Those authorized include teachers, administrators and others. In short, it is a cross section of Ohio, and the United States of America.
Some of these districts took quick action and had authorized people carrying soon after the Sandy Hook killings. Others waited until the start of the current school year. Many are considering expanding their program to include more people as they realize there is great upside potential and almost no downside issues with authorizing good people to carry the tools necessary to stop an active killer.
One third of our respondents indicated they had armed persons in their schools at least some of the time. Most of those are School Resource Officers (SRO) who are law enforcement officers with additional training to deal with school violence. Most SROs are assigned to a specific school, but many split their time between multiple schools. About 20% of respondents said their school is frequented by uniformed police officers. Others are visited by plain clothes officers or have space available as a remote office for police in their school. Anytime police are present in the building, kids are safer.
Of those schools without an SRO, 60% of respondents said they never had one, while 12% indicated they used to have one, but they were let go because of budget issues. Only 2% indicated they are planning to hire an SRO.
It’s great to see schools taking the proper steps to insure the safety of students. It has been proven time and time again that the gun free zone (aka disarmed victim zone) approach simply doesn’t work.
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.