There’s no evidence that arming teachers will make students safer, yet the series of new Texas laws now allows school employees to have weapons on school grounds as long as they’re secured in a locked vehicle. There are several major problems with this.

  1. The school employee must be in the parking lot with keys in hand to access the weapon.

  2. If they’re in the building, they must make their way past the shooter and to their vehicle to access the weapon.

  3. The school employee is going to encounter law enforcement and run the risk of being shot themselves.

  4. The process of verifying the individual as an employee and not the shooter wastes valuable time that police could be using to neutralize the actual shooter.

Laws like these are an unrealistic knee-jerk reaction to the public’s demand to “do something” and opens schools to new liability risks.” Knowing that school employees are armed may be the encouragement needed for a would-be shooter to come more heavily armed.

The law also plays upon the deadly “good guy with a gun” fantasy popularized in books and movies of a past era. The facts are far different.

There’s a world of difference between shooting at a target and another human being. School employees don’t have the specialized training available to law enforcement. Even police aren’t 100 percent accurate with their shots. Teachers won’t instantly be transformed into marksmen and they run the risk of accidentally shooting one of the very students they’re trying to protect.

The Dept. of Homeland Security advises a multi-faceted preparedness plan that employs a technological element in the event of an active shooter. Arming school personnel and introducing more weapons into an already volatile situation isn’t the answer. It’s a reckless and dangerous decision