....Holtzclaw, a retired Marine, has something many of us don't: experience about what it means to use a gun in combat situations. He was a primary marksmanship instructor who trained other Marines. "We must recognize the difference between a teacher carrying a concealed weapon and the training required to engage an active shooter," Holtzclaw wrote in his Dec. 28 blog post.
Hollywood myth-making and NRA-pronouncements aside, having a teacher pull a gun is not a simple solution when split-second decisions are the difference between life and death. Nevertheless, Alabama joins a list of states that are considering legislation that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools. Other states include Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
"Does the teacher draw to show, or draw to shoot?" Holtzclaw asked. "Shoot to kill, or disable? Are teachers granted immunity with regards to collateral damage, friendly fire ... you know, shooting a child? ... Is the shooter active or threatening, on the move or holed up with hostages?"
Holtzclaw also said that if teachers are to be trained, the "fog of war" — "loud noises, confusion, gun flashes, confined spaces, people being shot, people running into the line of fire" — must be taken into account.Read the whole story HERE.
I respect the Senators view and he does make some excellent points that should be addressed. However, if the choice is having no armed protection (police/guards) for students vs having an armed teacher/administrator, I believe it's better having the armed (and trained) teacher/administrator present if a school becomes a target of some nut job.