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WHAT?  THESE MONSTERS! – AT 10:24 A.M. ET:  What has become of us?  Can it possibly be true that our teachers want the means to protect themselves and our students?  Who do they think they are?  Adults?   From Free Republic:

More than 450 teachers and other school employees from around Ohio have applied for 24 spots in a free firearms-training program being offered by the Buckeye Firearms Association.

“We’re pleasantly surprised, but it’s not shocking,” Ken Hanson, legal chairman for the association, said today of the response since the group began taking applications on its website 10 days ago. “The demand has been there for quite some time.”

The issue of arming school employees to protect students has been “on the radar” of school boards in Ohio for several years, he said, but the organization decided to launch its training program after the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults.

“That was the breaking point,” he said. “We decided it’s time to quit talking about it and move forward.”

The first firearms class, a three-day program at the Tactical Defense Institute in West Union in Adams County, hasn’t been scheduled nor have the participants been chosen. Applications are being accepted at buckeyefirearms.org, the website of the group, which lobbies for the rights of gun owners.

The same week that the Buckeye Firearms Association announced its offer, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said schools should consider arming “someone” in their buildings as the first line of defense against a gunman. Beginning Jan. 14, his office will work with law enforcement and educators to train teachers and administrators to deal with “active shooters.”

The local police union expressed concerns this week about arming teachers or others who work in schools.

“It’s our position that there should be law-enforcement officers in schools,” said Jason Pappas, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9. “To have civilians with guns in schools who could be mistaken for an active shooter only causes confusion for law enforcement.”

Columbus school-board member Mike Wiles also prefers trained police officers in schools. He’s willing to listen to all options for keeping students safe, but he said the notion of arming staff members would require support from “the board, the community, the staff, the parents, everybody.”

Hanson said his group likes the idea of police officers in schools but worries that those school officers are among the first lost to budget cuts when school districts encounter financial problems.

Arming teachers and other school employees is “budget neutral,” he said.

COMMENT:  In Utah, a number of teachers have signed up for a course given by a local gun-rights association.  I'm glad.  At least people are talking.  And they're establishing a set of priorities.  The first priority is the protection of children, not feeling good about ourselves, which is the first priority of many liberals. 

It's incredible, but a number of people are now coming forward to approve the idea of armed protection at schools.  And the list includes liberal Senator Barbara Boxer of California, who's developing some sense. 

The usual suspects, of course, are coming out of the woodwork, to strum their guitars, sport their tie-dyed jeans and sing "All we are saying is give peace a chance."  Please note that none of these worthies are ever around to protect a child are confront an assailant.  Hey, mommy takes care of that stuff, man.

I doubt if the Obama administration will permit a truly thoughtful discussion of the gun-violence issue.  But the states can have those discussions and come to their own conclusions.

December 29,  2012