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In 2013, Texas enacted laws that would allow individual school districts to decide whether or not to allow its teachers to be armed. Districts around Texas are taking advantage of this law. Most recently, Argyle, Texas, a city just 10 minutes away from where I live has allowed some teachers to start carrying guns. They have even thrown up a sign, “Attention: Please be aware that the staff at Argyle ISD are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.” The teachers that choose to carry are required to take safety classes, acquire a concealed carry license and undergo a psychological evaluation. Additionally, the names of the teachers that carry guns are not released.
The 2013 law is obviously a knee-jerk reaction to the Sandy Hook shooting, but is arming extremely underpaid government workers a reasonable solution? Are school shooting commonplace enough that allowing teachers to conceal carry is necessary? Is there a better, more reasonable measure to ensure our children’s safety that doesn’t involving guns in the classroom?
A handful of other Texas towns are allowing teachers to carry as well, but as far as I can tell, Argyle is the largest of them. The funny thing about it all, all the districts that are allowing teachers to be armed have extremely low violent crime rates. Some haven't had a reported murder in decades. So why do these schools in particular allow their teachers to be armed? And why does Argyle feel that an attack on their school is likely enough to warrant a sign to act as a deterrent?