The day of the Sandy Hook shooting, a petition was written to the Obama administration calling for a gun in every classroom. One week later, on December 21st, it was delivered to the White House with 9300 signatures. It said this:
"If teachers and principals are armed and trained to defend themselves during a school attack there would be fewer casualties and less attempts to attack schools. . . . . It is time we gave our teachers the ability to defend themselves and stop pretending like a door buzzer is enough of a defense. Take a stand for school safety. Arm the teachers and principals today. A gun in every classroom will protect our students from massacres like the one in CT today."
On December28th, the day the news showed free shooting classes for elementary school teachers in Utah: I created this petition: "TAGS: teachers against guns in schools"
It calls for national legislation that prohibits teachers, administrators and staff from possessing firearms within school buildings.
It still has only 1950 signatures.
That is, for every person that has signed to keep guns out of classrooms, 6 have signed to make them mandatory in classrooms. We know the NRA has money. But we have a majority. All the polls indicate that 80% of people are opposed to arming our teachers.
Please help to raise our voice against the gun lobby.
Here is a link to an article about the states that already allow guns in schools. And many other state legislatures are working on new bills to introduce similar provisions.
Eighteen states already allow guns in schools-- and not just armed guards. Teachers, librarians, kitchen staff, principals.
Here are the eighteen states.Some of the laws require the superintendent's permission; others, only the permission of the principal. Teachers in Utah must keep their weapons a secret--not even parents know that they have them. In Wyoming, the weapons may be carried only if they are not concealed. Here are the eighteen states:
Alabama (which bans possessing a weapon on school grounds only if the carrier has "intent to do bodily harm")
California (with approval of the superintendent)
Connecticut (with approval of "school officials")
Hawaii (no specific law)
Idaho (with school trustees' approval)
Iowa (with "authorization")
Kentucky (with school board approval)
Massachusetts (with approval of the school board or principal)
Mississippi (with school board approval)
Montana (with school trustees' permission)
New Hampshire (ban applies only to pupils, not adults)
New Jersey (with approval from the school's "governing officer")
New York (with the school's approval)
Oregon (with school board approval)
Rhode Island (with a state concealed weapons permit)
Texas (with the school's permission)
Utah (with approval of the "responsible school administrator")
Wyoming (as long as it's not concealed)