As our nation continues to grapple with the fallout of the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas, an incredible amount of disparate solutions appear to be on the docket.
For many on the left, the only answer is to restrict gun rights, and largely across-the-board. The White House has even gone so far as to suggest that America bring back the “assault” weapon ban, despite polling showing that Americans have no appetite for such a move.
But the other side of the debate see this issue entirely differently. They understand that laws only apply to the lawful, and those who wish to commit the sort of heinous atrocities that we’ve seen in Uvalde, Buffalo, Parkland, and Columbine certainly aren’t lawful people.
That is why Ohio is now making it easier for teachers to arm themselves.
Ohio school districts could begin arming employees as soon as this fall under a bill signed into law Monday by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine.Trending:
The law, as enacted, requires up to 24 hours of training before an employee can go armed, and up to eight hours of annual training. The training programs must be approved by the Ohio School Safety Center, and DeWine announced he’s ordering the center to require the maximum 24 hours and the maximum eight hours.
There were several other measures ready to go into effect as well.
Before announcing the bill signing, the governor outlined several other school safety measures he and lawmakers have promoted, including $100 million for school security upgrades in schools and $5 million for upgrades at colleges.
The state is also adding 28 employees to the school safety center to work with districts on safety issues and to provide training under the new law. Ohio has also provided $1.2 billion in wellness funding for schools to address mental health and other issues, the governor said.
In Uvalde, local law enforcement has come under serious scrutiny after it was revealed that officers refused to enter the school and confront the shooter, even as shots rang out from the classrooms within, prompting an enormous national backlash.