(ConservativeSense.com) – A new study claims there has never been a shooting at a school where teachers are armed. Republican Rep. Thomas Massie made the point while facing a furious tirade from Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman. Bowman insisted that where there are guns, there are more deaths, while Massie tried to repeat the school safety claim. Massie referred to statistics highlighted by Crime Prevention Research Center leader John R. Lott.
Lott argues that schools should not have a designated uniformed law enforcement officer on site, but teachers should be armed instead, or there should be a non-uniformed staff member who carries a firearm at all times. “In the thousands of schools where teachers are permitted to carry, no one has been wounded or killed in an attack during school hours. Only at schools where guns are banned have people been hurt or killed in school shootings,” Lott said.
The gun advocate also claims that killers target areas and institutions with firearm restrictions in place. For example, in the recent shooting of three children and three staff members at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, the shooter selected the school in part because there was no armed deterrent. In a statement following the tragedy, Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Nashville attacker Audrey Hale contemplated hitting a different target.
“There was another location that was mentioned, but because of a threat assessment by the suspect of too much security, they decided not to,” Drake said.
In 2022, ten people were murdered at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, by a killer who wrote a manifesto explaining his motive. Payton Gendron, who was 18 when he ended the lives of 10 people, pondered where to carry out his attack and realized that an area “where CCW permits are low” was a good choice. A CCW permit is one that allows a person to carry a weapon in public.
Twenty states currently permit teachers to carry concealed handguns in schools.
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