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South Dakota Allows Armed Teachers

March 11, 2013  | 

South Dakota's Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Friday allowing teachers to carry guns in their classrooms to protect against active shooters.

Supporters say the bill is required for a state like South Dakota, where some schools in rural areas are far away from first responders. The state school board association and teachers association oppose the measure.

The state is believed to be the first in the nation to enact such legislation as a response to the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., reports the New York Times.

Tags: Campus Safety, Sandy Hook School Shooting, First Responders, South Dakota


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Dale @ 3/11/2013 4:59 PM

It's about time that someone took this measure. As an ex-cop I believe this to be one of the best things I've seen so far. Our kids are in the teachers hands day in and day out. It's the next best thing to actually having an officer stationed the school.

Bob@Az. @ 3/11/2013 5:02 PM

What a surprise. The teachers association opposes the measure. Much rather lose a bunch of kids then get their head out of their ass. We live in an increasigly violent world, much of it created by a weak kneed justice system that puts these nut jobs back out on the street. Blues, and real teachers, stay safe.

tim @ 3/11/2013 5:42 PM

I'm glad that SD made a smart decision on this one. I would also like to see teacher aides and all staff armed and trained to take out a shooter.

Bob @ VA @ 3/12/2013 5:37 AM

Outstanding! Protecting our children with proven solutions should be at the top of the agenda in every state. Hats off to SD's fine elected officials.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/14/2013 6:12 PM

I wonder who I sue when my kid is accidentally shot by a teachers gun. Does the teacher wear it in a holster? Anyone in Law Enforcement knows a shoulder or belt holster is uncomfortable and heavy to wear especially on hot days. Most Dectives lock up their weapon while in the station. Would a teacher lock their gun up in a gun safe? Or in their desk? If they use a gun safe or trigger lock that defeats the purpose for quick access to the weapon. The children will naturally be curious about a gun in the classroom and they will find a way to access it, who is responsible then? And every crazy person will know since there is already a gun in the classroom why bother bringing their own, they just need to disarm one teacher to start a rampage. I would much rather they hired a Police Officer or a Security Guard to protect the school. This would keep any weapons and ammunition out of reach of the children. I see many legal problems for South Dakota in the future. This is a very scary law.

H S III @ 8/6/2014 7:01 PM

Every time a law is put into place allowing guns in certain places someone has to play the "innocent people will get hurt" card. In 2013 alone, 26 people were shot and killed at schools that had no staff with their own guns. So far this year 17 people have been killed in school related shootings at schools that had no armed staff. It sounds to me like people are dying at schools because of not having guns, not because staff were armed. No one is going to be able to start a "rampage" by using a teachers gun that will, at most, hold 10 bullets. 10 bullets, on the other hand, can quite handily stop a rampage by taking down someone who is walking around shooting our kids. so far, in the last 18 months the deaths at schools stand at Crazy Nut Jobs: 43, Teachers Guns Falling Into the Wrong Hands: 0

H S III @ 8/6/2014 7:06 PM

P.S It is possible to mandate what kind of gun teachers can carry. Many companies make firearms that will not fire unless the shooter is wearing a ring specially matched to that particular gun. No ring, no firing. It would be useless in the hands of someone who disarms the teacher and useless to any student who would sneak the gun away from the teacher as well.

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