Teachers should be armed

Before the uninformed start attacking Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle over his comments about the Second Amendment and his suggestion about putting up signs that read “12 teachers are armed,” it should be noted that Georgia law already provides for the arming of teachers – Georgia Code 16-11-127.1 (c)(6):

“A person who has been authorized in writing by a duly authorized official of the school to have in such person’s possession or use as part of any activity being conducted at a school building, school property, or school function a weapon which would otherwise be prohibited by this Code section. Such authorization shall specify the weapon or weapons which have been authorized and the time period during which the authorization is valid ... .”

I have a few questions. Will the Columbia County Board of Education have the courage to implement this law? If they do, will other counties in the CSRA follow their lead? And why only 12 teachers per school? I think we should allow any teacher with a concealed-weapons permit to carry on campus. Teachers already have proved they are willing to defend their students. They need to be able to defend their students with more than locked doors, staplers or tape dispensers.

Remember, when seconds count, and help is only minutes away, an armed teacher is your child’s best protector.

Art Denney

North Augusta, S.C.

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