O.C. Councilman Wants Teachers to Be Armed

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (KTLA) — In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, at least one local official is calling for teachers in his school district to be armed.

In a letter obtained by The Capistrano Dispatch, Councilman Derek Reeve says that, in light of the tragedy, “efforts must be taken to empower teachers, staff and parents to protect our children.”

The letter, dated Thursday, suggests training teachers and staff for “active-shooter scenarios” and allowing them, as well as parents, to carry guns on school grounds to protect children in such situations.

“No teacher or staff member should be required to carry firearms, however many already own and are trained with their own firearms,” he said.

“The firearms can be easily and safely secured in the classrooms…. Volunteer parents are also a viable option.”

Reeve said hiring armed security would be an alternative option, but it would require additional funding.

“They by themselves do not prevent an attack, but they will deter a potential attack and delay an active attack until law enforcement arrives,” he wrote.

Reeve, a father of two, also recommended that schools lock down their campuses. He suggested building fences along the perimeter and allowing only one entry point for guests.

District spokesman Marcus Walton told the Dispatch the district had received the letter and “will not entertain any proposal to have staff persons carry firearms.”

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  • Peacetrain

    Killers go to schools to do their killing because there is no one there to stop them. Apparently it is very easy to walk on to the campus and there is no threat of harm to them because they know that there is one there with a gun. In stead of having teachers bringing guns to work, should have armed gurad(s) on duty during campus hours. Should also re-evaluate how to let non students and teachers enter onto the campus.

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  • publicnme

    Finally someone with some common sense and a real plan that addresses the REAL problem which is how to protect the kids from these Criminals.

  • macdoodle

    Most horrible idea of the year!! No teaching more fear, please. And look how armed schools work out -only promote more idea to combat violence with violence and an eye for an eye. EXAMPLE: 1,477 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis and 129 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians since September 29, 2000.

  • macdoodle

    How about This – we can't stop every possibility but let people have a handgun for protection of hearth and home +/or rifle for hunting but excess weapons must be stored at an approved gun club or other facility. Ammo purchases also get tracked via gun licenses. Leave weapons designed for mass kill of people to the trained and supervised Military. Stop allowing internet purchase and mass consumption. We send people who abuse excess booze to AA. MH comes out to help other hoarders. Maybe we ought to look at stockpilers of weapons and those who think they need mass kill machines in civilian life more closely?

  • izzy

    This is so dangerous because they aren't trained for stressful situations. What if something happens and they go out looking for the guy, and they accidentally shoot a student because he popped out of nowhere and was running.

    Officers should be trained in this, which some are, but I see that more training is in effect.

    • Common sense

      So the alternative is to allow a killer to slay 22 children? Give the people closest to the situation the opportunity and CHANCE to protect the children. We allow it for airline pilots now, what is the difference?

      • old guy

        Because the gun nut reducing minority of this crazy country are in so in love with their guns we are now going to require teachers to be armed guards! Although I am an upper middle class white guy, over my lifetime I have unfortunately had close to a dozen friends and family including children die from gun violence all but one self-inflicted and the one that wasn't self inflicted was at the hands of another family member. Keeping guns around makes no-one safe!

  • John R

    No guns for teachers !!!!!
    They will start shooting our kids, look what is happening now, teachers rape, molest and abuse children and there is nothing we can do because of their unions, do you want to add “killing kids” to the list of crimes they commit with impunity ?

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  • Julie

    I think having someone armed at the school is a good idea. I find it amazing though that when we start talking about PAYING for it.. people back out. Aren't our kids WORTH the cost of having an armed officer at the school? Aren't out kids WORTH having people trained in how to protect them? It doesn't even need to be necessarily a handgun…. there are non-lethal forms of protection, such as pepper spray, that would at least help but our teachers are banned from having those too.