Colorado Teachers Will Begin Carrying Loaded Guns After Just 3 Days of Training

In the aftermath of the horrific 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, many Americans wondered how to ensure a similar tragedy would never happen again.

Naturally, some concluded that if the man behind the Sandy Hook shooting had not been so easily able to access guns — including the assault-style AR-15, a weapon that has gained infamy as the weapon of choice for mass shooters in recent years — maybe his rampage would have claimed fewer lives.

Others argued that if more “good guys with guns” were on the scene, the shooter could have been neutralized much sooner. And some even advocated to arm teachers in the classroom.

Perhaps readers can guess which of these stances has finally won out. And if you chose the latter, you would be correct.

A Colorado group called Faculty Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response (FASTER) will soon train teachers in firearm use and first aid techniques. The first course will take place over three days.

This move follows in the steps of a 2013 Ohio law geared toward arming school teachers and other campus staff.

Critics of the FASTER program worry that keeping loaded firearms in classrooms on a daily basis could end up being more of a hazard than a preventative measure.

After all, it opens the door to new opportunities for gun-related accidents and grants would-be student shooters greater access to a loaded firearm. The legality of arming teachers is based on concealed carry laws, so these guns will not be locked in a safe, for example.

Anyone who follows the news should know that even professionals who regularly handle guns, such as law enforcement officers, are not exempt from fatal errors involving weapon use. To assume it will be somehow any better for people with a mere three days of training is, simply put, delusional and dangerous.

How long will it be before we see news stories about a carrying teacher accidentally firing their weapon in a full classroom, brandishing it at misbehaving students to get their cooperation or even mistaking behavior as threatening, resulting in the fatal shooting of a child?

Teachers should absolutely go through crisis and first aid training; it is hard to argue against this aspect of the FASTER program. Arming civilians who work with children, however, is quite counterintuitive when it comes to trying to achieve greater safety within schools.

Unfortunately, even in Colorado — a state that is no stranger to mass shootings, especially in schools — the consensus would seem to be that more weapons mean fewer deaths. But that claim remains to be proven.

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91 comments

Marie W
Marie W1 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 months ago

There should be someone armed at schools to protect our children. Maybe this will stop some of the crazies we have been seeing.

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FOTEINI c
FOTEINI horbou6 months ago

what???? they should be trained at least 3 weeks not 3 days! where is the petition against this despicable thing to sign it???

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Rosslyn O
Rosslyn O7 months ago

Honestly I do not think that any hand guns or repeat style rifles should every be available to civilians. As for the extra 'collateral damage' in shooting incidents it is appalling. Hand guns are too easy to grab and are too final in any argument. I would not allow my child or grandchildren to attend a school that was equipped with firearms.

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Margie F
Margie FOURIE7 months ago

Well I think three days is long enough for one gun.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E7 months ago

david f has NOT moved into this decade. He can ONLY cite incidents from decades ago.
But he WILL go out and shoot the lovely deer in his avatar that he says he protects.
Care 2 is also and animal rights forum but POOR david f NEEDS the meat for his personal consumption. I just wonder who the conservationist is that gives him that right. Guns are his Bible along with fear.

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Carl R
Carl R7 months ago

Thanks!!!

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David F
David F7 months ago

So many low information liberals here, guns are already allowed in schools in about one third of the US.
The death and doom liberals' bloviate here isn't happening. What is happening, is thousands of Islamic attacks against civilians every year, killing 10's of thousands.

The frequency and deadliness increases here and worldwide. Our radicalized enemies have zero morals even with children. Yet the liberals would force everyone here to live in defenseless criminal protection zones, even our children.

330 dead, 800 injured in a school attack in Beslan, Russia, 33 dead Virginia Tech where only the bad guy had a gun. etc. etc.

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks-2015.htm

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Danuta W
Danuta W7 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Magdalen B
Magdalen B7 months ago

Bloody insane.

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