Should Central Bucks Teachers Carry Guns?

Weigh in on whether you support teachers and staff carrying guns in Central Bucks schools.

Ed Mackouse stood before the Central Bucks School Board this week and said that teachers and administrators should carry guns in the district's schools.

"Everyone knows that the NRA is right. The only way to stop a gun is with another gun," said Mackouse, 69.

"We can’t afford to have too many armed professional guards," continued Mackouse, who lives in Buckingham, "and they’re not as good, they can’t tell the difference" between a threatening individual and parents and other school visitors.

So arming teachers and school staff is a good solution, Mackouse said.

The nine school board members made no comment on his suggestions Tuesday night, and no official action is on the table for Central Bucks.

But state legislators are talking about the issue, which was propelled to the forefront of public policy after the massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Newly elected state Rep. Greg Lucas, R-Erie, plans to introduce legislation that would make it legal for teachers and administrators to carry weapons in the classroom, reports Pennsylvania Independent.

"As we consider ways to improve school safety, I believe we have to consider trusting school personnel to serve as a first line of defense. We trust them to protect our children every day. I think we need to offer them the tools to carry out that sacred trust," Lucas wrote in a memo being circulated among members of the state House.

In addition, state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, plans to introduce legislation that would allow school districts to hire retired police officers and others with law-enforcement experience to guard schools.

Meanwhile, Central Bucks has moved ahead with one additional security measure. The district is spending about $11,500 to equip its 23 schools with a buzz-in locked entry system.

CB superintendent Dr. Rodney Green acknowledged that the buzzer system won't stop all threats but said it was "something we could do fairly inexpensively that would enhance" the district's other security procedures.

So, what do you think? How do we keep our children safe? Is arming teachers and school administrators a viable solution? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Marc January 27, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Thank You! and the day this is happening, our kids go to a private school, what ever it costs us...
Maximusdecimus January 27, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Guns in schools may seem crazy, but is leaving hundreds of kids unprotected from the crazy people in the world less crazy? If we do not want to arm trained, evaluated, stable teachers with guns, the. We need to assign a full time police officer to every public school in the country. Leaving our kids unprotected in this crazy, violent world should not be an option
Jane January 27, 2013 at 03:07 PM
What seems even more crazy is tolerating a state of affairs where the crazy people in the world have access to guns. Just like more rain isn't the solution to a flood, more guns aren't the solution to gun violence. Oversimplified, of course.
Pam January 28, 2013 at 01:40 PM
@ Jeremy: Thank you for pointing out the difference between automatic and semi-automatic guns.The media portray semi-automatic guns as if they were machine guns- Something that has been illegal for the average joe for a long time. In the most basic terms the public has been misinformed as to what gun types are and the media build the hysteria on the misconceptions that they have bred. Automatic is like military only machine gun. Semi-automatic is one squeeze equals one bullet launched. Each bullet has to be chosen to be fired separately. Then the next bullet is brought up into the chamber (that's the semi-automoatic part). Completely non-automatic (fully manual) would be, I dunno 'George Washington style', where the user has to open a powder packet and stuff in the bullet and pack it down with a rod?? Two minutes in between bullets maybe.
K D February 01, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I am unsure what is best for school security enhancements above and beyond securing access but clearly many many layers of protection are needed. The world is full of nut cases and I don't see that changing... When I drop my sweet, completely innocent elementary aged daughter off each day at school, I want to know that she will be safe from harm....from nut cases. - So, what about mace guns for schools?? They are not deadly weapons but clearly would be effective at stalling an insane shooter. Mace guns shoot up to 20 ft., do not require good aim, and cause extreme eye and respiratory distress for up to 30 minutes. In my opinion, this approach sounds doable. Schools could decide who would have the mace guns, and where they would reside. If some crazy in-school kid got to one of these, no one would die as a result. Thoughts??


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