Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill into law on Monday that will allow school districts all over the state to authorize teachers, principals, and other staff members to carry guns into classrooms after just 24 hours of training.
Do you guys hear that sound? Yeah, that screechy, sort of “reeeeee” sound? That’s liberals all over the state of Ohio squealing at the thought of teachers being armed as a means of protecting their kids from crazed mass shooters.
Anything but guns!
Because, for reasons that defy any sort of logic, the left thinks that it’s guns that kill people and not people that kill people. Liberals really have active imaginations, don’t they? To actually think guns, all by themselves, waltz into schools and other public places and just open fire is patently absurd.
“The new law – initially introduced by state Republican Rep. Thomas Hall as House Bill 99 – will lower the required training hours for the armed personnel from about 700 hours to just four hours of training in scenario-based or simulated training exercises and a maximum of 20 hours for first aid training, history of school shootings and reunification education, The Columbus Dispatch reported,” Fox News reported.
“In life we make choices, and we don’t always know what the outcome is going to be,” DeWine went on to say at a press conference held Monday. “What this Legislature has done, I’ve done by signing it, is giving schools an option based on their particular circumstances to make the best decision they can make with the best information they have. That’s all any decision-maker can do.”
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The New York Times put out a report that said school employees in Ohio have been allowed for years, with the approval of their local school board, to carry firearms onto school campuses, though a ruling that has handed down from the Ohio Supreme Court in 2021 said that those individuals needed to receive the same basic peace officer training as law enforcement or security personnel who are allowed to carry guns at school.
On the surface that sounds like a great idea, but that would require these individuals to go through 700 hours of training, which is pretty hard to do when you are working a full-time job. The new bill lowers that requirement significantly.
Here is additional detail from the Fox News report:
After an employee is cleared to go armed, the law, as enacted, requires up to eight hours of annual training. The training programs must be approved by the Ohio School Safety Center, and DeWine announced he’s ordering the center to require the maximum 24 hours and the maximum eight hours.
Schools can provide additional training if they wish, DeWine said.
The Republican governor outlined several other school safety measures he and lawmakers have promoted, including $100 million for school security upgrades in schools and $5 million for upgrades at colleges.
The state is also adding 28 employees to the school safety center to work with districts on safety issues and to provide training under the new law. Ohio has also provided $1.2 billion in wellness funding for schools to address mental health and other issues, the governor said.
DeWine made it clear that he still prefers school districts to hire armed school resource officers, but also stated that the law is another tool districts can use to help protect their children.
He then specified that this was optional for school districts, not a requirement.
The signing of the bill on Monday comes after an Ohio law went into effect that allows citizens of the state to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, as long as they have not had their right to do so limited by a weapon violation of some kind.
Folks, this is a great idea. Teachers carrying weapons is yet another stop-gap to prevent violence from erupting in schools and putting children at risk. Combine this with other common-sense methods, such as limiting entrances and exits and you reduce the chances of a shooting significantly.