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It’s time to stop the denial. It’s time to stop listening to the bed wetters and start saving our children. It’s time to arm teachers and other school employees. Instructors are agreeing to offer free handgun training to school  employees. The Canby Rod and Gun Club was the first to make this offer. Others have made the same offer.

Below is an email Oregon House Representative Dennis Richardson sent to three southern Oregon school superintendents.  What followed was the predicable response.

“Medford schools Superintendent Phil Long, who received the email from Richardson, said he believes it’s best if teachers focus on getting children to safety if a shooting occurs.”

How’d that work out for the dead teachers in Connecticut Phil?

“Medford police Chief Tim George disagreed with Richardson, saying that it’s not the responsibility of teachers to make deadly force decisions on the job.”

What unspeakable nonsense. What choice do they have?

George said. “In crisis situations there are a lot of very complex things happening all at once and you have to constantly train for deadly force incidents.”

Then shut up and train them. Note to George, THE COPS ARE NOT THERE WHEN BABIES ARE BEING GUNNED DOWN! THE TEACHERS ARE.  Stop acting like you have a monopoly on the ability to engage evil people. That is everybody’s job! Connecticut tried it the gun grabbers way. They are now mourning their babies.

It’s time to arm school  employees. It’s time.
Please use our automailer to contact Oregon legislators.

Prepare Now To Protect Our Students & Teachers

My heart aches for the families of 26 children and adults killed last week as a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and I am frustrated over our failure in America to protect our school children and teachers from future attacks.

Instead of responding to the latest mass murder with calls for more gun-control, the real issue should be ensuring the protection of our children and educators from armed psychopaths. Currently, when a killer begins his rampage the only armed person in the school for at least five minutes after the sound of the first gunshot is the mass murderer.

Training in classroom lock-down techniques is valuable, but passive. Classroom lock-down procedures alone fail to protect the children and adults who continue to be murdered before the police arrive. A police officer in every school is not the answer; a police officer would be the first target of a shooter and the cost would be prohibitive for most school districts.

Lives would be saved by stopping the shooter. Seconds count when the police are five minutes away. It would be simple, inexpensive and enable immediate response after the first gunshot in a school was fired if two or three volunteers in every school (administrators, staff members or teachers), were encouraged to obtain additional training and practice in the use of firearms and were encouraged to have a firearm concealed on their person or locked in their desks. School district employees with prior military or law enforcement experience would be the initial candidates for this voluntary assignment. No one outside of school and district administration would know the identity of these volunteers.

In short, having armed and trained personnel in every school would enable immediate response with lethal force if and when the lives of our children and teachers were endangered by a mass murderer.

If this procedure had been implemented, the number of children killed in every school massacre from Columbine to Sandy Hook would have been greatly reduced. (The same would be true if it were implemented by the shop-keepers and mall personnel.) In Israel and Thailand armed school personnel save the lives of their children. In America the slaughter of our school children continues.

This is a call for our school superintendents, board members and principals to face and address the reality that mass murderers are armed with guns, knives, explosives, and, as we saw last year in China, even hammers. In 1998 students were killed in Oregon’s own Thurston High School. In Sandy Hook Elementary 28 are dead. The current passivist approach of Oregon’s school administrators fails to adequately protect our children and teachers. Candidly, if I were a school administrator or board member and, knowing how these mass murders continue to occur, if I failed to promote preparation for immediate, lethal response in case an attack were to occur in my school, the blood of multiple innocent victims would be on my hands. The time for passive hand-wringing is past; the time for parents, teachers and other concerned citizens to demand preparation is now.

Dennis Richardson