The argument by many is that “gun free” school zones do nothing to deter the criminally-armed from committing whatever heinous acts they wish. After all, they are criminals who are not concerned with any sort of legal obstacle to their expressed purpose. The lack of firearms on school campuses only serves to enhance the efficiency of their horrific schemes, as victims are forced to rely purely on the ability of first responders to arrive, assess, and arrest the assailant before the damage can be done.
One possible solution has risen above them all, in terms of common sense and efficacy: Arming teachers. A well-trained teacher could mean the difference between life and death in these incidents, not to mention that the deterrent effect of having this simple safeguard in place would prevent a great number of school shooters from even attempting their day of rage.
Now, as Colorado prepares to arm their own educating populace, many are heading to the gun range for specialized training.
“Over a three-day session, 17 school personnel will be taught at a Weld County range near Denver on how to become ‘armed first responders.’
“They will be taught by the ‘Faculty Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response’ group or FASTER, for short.
“The ‘FASTER’ group was founded in response to the devastating 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
“They say the training won’t replace police, but it will help ‘stop school violence rapidly.’ The program also teaches medical aid.”
Colorado, of course, has a dark history of modern mass shootings, with two of the most prominent American examples occurring within the state.
- In 1999, the modern school shooting was born in Columbine, Colorado, as two high school students planned and executed a massive takeover of their campus in which they shot and killed 13 members of the school and then themselves. For many Americans, the Columbine Massacre, as it became known, was the first such incident of its kind, sparking a debate over how best to prevent any future similar incidents.
- Thirteen years later, James Holmes entered a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado carrying several firearms, and began indiscriminately firing into a crowd of Batman fans. This incident saw 12 killed merely 22 miles from Columbine. Holmes was arrested at the scene without putting up a fight.
In both cases, a “good guy with a gun” would have easily been able to limit the damage done by the perpetrators.