“We lock the door, and we hide and hope for the best… Well, that’s not a plan.”
Amen to that, brother.
(Daily Caller) – An attorney for the state of Arkansas advised a school district against implementing a plan to arm its teachers with guns — drawing the ire of gun rights supporters.
The Clarksville School District planned to let teachers carry guns in school starting in the fall. Administrators even hosted a two-day training session for staff members who planned to act as unofficial security guards for the schools.
School Superintendent David Hopkins said the plan was a response to the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut last year.
“We lock the door, and we hide and hope for the best,” he said in a statement. “Well that’s not a plan.”
But Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to kill the idea.
“Simply put, the code in my opinion does not authorize either licensing a school district as a guard company or classifying it as a private business authorized to employ its own teachers as armed guards,” he wrote in a statement.
McDaniel’s opinion isn’t binding, however — something proponents of gun rights were quick to point out.
Sadly, after McDaniel effectively killed plans to arm teachers in a number of school districts in Arkansas.
Since McDaniel issued the nonbinding opinion, the school district has abandoned its plan to arm teachers. Police have ceased granting gun carry permits to school districts, and may rescind previously issued permits. That’s bad policy, wrote Nic Horton, editor of The Arkansas Project.
“It’s very disturbing to know that, because of McDaniel’s political games, kids in Arkansas schools will be less safe,” he wrote.
Granting school staff the ability to carry weapons is the safest policy, according to Horton.
The blood will be on his hands if another school glory killing happens.