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Georgia School System Will Allow Select Employees To Carry

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When we talk about arming teachers and other school staff, no one is talking about them being de facto police or anything else. Instead, we’re simply talking about them being an armed citizen in the right place at the wrong time, if you catch my meaning. Frankly, many of us figure the potentiality of armed teachers may dissuade would-be school shooters from picking that as a viable target for their atrocities.

Unfortunately, many states are hesitant to embrace this concept.

In my own state of Georgia, one school system has stepped up and agreed that it’s probably a good idea to allow certain staff members to be armed.

A Georgia school system has decided to allow its employees to carry guns.

The Laurens County school board has approved a policy allowing select staff to carry guns on school property, in vehicles and at school functions, The Telegraph reported .

Laurens County Schools is believed to be the state’s only district to go forward with such a policy, said Justin Pauly of the Georgia School Boards Association.

Teachers and staff who carry guns will do so on a voluntary basis and receive intensive training, Laurens County Schools Superintendent Dan Brigman said. He says the policy will be developed with the county sheriff’s department.

Brigman said the district is not arming all teachers, “nor will we have teachers or any other staff members ‘openly’ carrying firearms during the school day. “The processes to support this approved policy will be developed in a very careful and confidential manner in partnership with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Department.”

A 2014 Georgia law left it up to individual districts to decide if employees could carry guns on school property. Districts that opt to implement weapons policies must follow specific requirements for the approval of employees to participate; the types of weapons and ammunition allowed; firearms training; licensing; and securing weapons.

Let’s note the bolded portion for a moment. It’s pathetic that this needs to be said. It needs to, though, because some morons hear “arm teachers” and they think we’re talking about requiring all teachers to be armed. Then again, these are people who tend to think that anything allowed should be mandatory.

Well, it’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary, as it should be.

Laurens County has made a decision about the safety of their students. They take it seriously, and I’m willing to bet perfectly good money that Laurens County will never have anyone even consider shooting up a school. The reason? Maniacs want a body count. They want a lot of dead people. They know that won’t happen if they’re met from the start with an armed teacher or janitor.

So, they drop that idea and move onto something else.

The shame of the matter is that we have these people at all. However, we constantly have people who focus on the tools used rather than the tools using them. They want to legislate away our right to guns and still somehow forget that maniacs can still find ways to kill.

But at least this way, their targets won’t be our kids.

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