Another Texas District Allows Teachers To Carry Firearms To Class

P. Gardner Goldsmith | March 16, 2022
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In a move that likely will anger talking heads in leftist media, one more school district has joined 300 in Texas to recognize local employees’ right to keep and bear arms.

MaryAnn Martinez reports for the New York Post:

The Grand Saline Independent School District, located about an hour east of Dallas, is now in its second week of carrying concealed guns on campus, Superintendent Micah Lewis told The Post.

And it only took THREE YEARS for the government to hash-out and institute the idea – of actually not infringing on the right to keep and bear arms.

Grand Saline’s school board voted months ago to enact the so-called Guardian Plan following three years of discussions, the superintendent said.

Meanwhile, as Alex Parker notes for RedState, there have been “103 school shootings in the last four years — 34 in 2021.”

Which is a stat derived from Education Week, and a point which some anti-firearms agitators might argue has no bearing on these Texas school districts, or vice-versa…

History and the behavior of violent criminals when facing any increased potential of armed targets says otherwise.




As John Lott has noted many times since the 1998 publication of his landmark book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” people with aggressively violent intent attenuate their behavior based on the probabilistic expectation of armed resistance. In 2018, Lott noted the dark flipside of this phenomenon, seen in so-called “Gun-Free Zones.”

Most gunmen are smart enough to know that they can kill more people if they attack places where victims can’t defend themselves. That’s one reason why 98 percent of mass public shootings since 1950 have occurred in places where citizens are banned from having guns.

As I have noted in classrooms (and in social media, which “triggered” one of my leftist “novelist friends” to “unfriend” me), an easy way to understand the practical psychological trajectories of well-respected gun rights and those who would inflict harm on others is to imagine a paint-ball game – played for money.

In this thought experiment, one asks the anti-gun interlocutor to imagine having a paint gun, and being offered $10,000 if he or she can enter one of three buildings, each containing ten people and hit five in five minutes. The key is that Building One contains people who do not hold any paint-ball guns. Building Two contains ten people who MIGHT have paintball guns, and in Building Three, everyone carries paintball guns.

And the final key? If the “attacker” gets hit, he or she must pay more than $10,000.

Which building will the player choose?

This is the fundamental logic underlying the behavioral reality: criminals avoid areas where potential victims might be armed.

And it undergirds the logic of why government should not engage in attacks on the right to keep and bear arms.

This, in essence, is what the folks running Grand Saline Independent School District are doing in the real-world.

Martinez explains.

No one knows which teachers or staff members are armed — and Lewis says that’s intentional. The guardian (teacher permitted to carry) keeps possession of the firearm at all times and the weapons are not stored on campus.

But, again, one is not being overly critical to point out that it took three years for the government to act on this reality and STOP infringing on rights, and the district will not completely respect the right to keep and bear arms. Notes Martinez:

District employees who are interested in becoming guardians must apply for the program and go through a screening and training with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Lewis explained. They must complete 40 hours of training initially and additional hours on a continuous basis. The staffers must also have a license to carry.

In other words, this district will continue to embrace the absurd normalcy bias of government claiming the power to infringe on a right – a right that is EXPLICITLY noted as inviolable in the Amendment Two of the US Constitution.

Some might say that anyone interested in teaching in such a school is making a choice, that he or she can give up his or her right in exchange for being hired. But the kids can’t make such a choice. And worried parents and other taxpayers who want safer schools will be forced to pay, regardless of the school policy.

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