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    InfinityLincoln, MaikeH

    The same is relatively true in Israel, as well.  Private security guards can get them, soldiers when active have the ones they are issued with them at all times (hence pictures you may have seen of people with rifles at the beach), but one has to jump through a number of hoops to actually own your own handgun.  Israel is, of course, another society where the "everyone has a gun" meme is around, and it's largely true at one point or another, but not in the fashion that it is here.

    •  What about armed teachers in Israel? (0+ / 0-)

      One meme that is all over Facebook today is about Israeli schools being safe because the teachers are required to be armed. The picture that goes with it is of a young woman in a suit with a machine gun.

      Does anybody here know the true story on that one?

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      by MaikeH on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:02:40 PM PST

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      •  Generally not true (1+ / 0-)
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        As a general rule, this is not true.  None of the teachers in a school will have guns, though there may be security guards, separate from the teachers.  The pictures that have been floating around with this meme have been a bit misleading- they're all of school groups out on trips/tours, and trips and tours are required to have someone armed there, though not necessarily the teacher (could be a nurse, medic, etc).  You'll see the same thing if you do a group tour in Israel- either the guide will be armed or you'll have an armed medic on the trip.  But those are general requirements for group excursions, and not for actually being in school.

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