Theodore's World: Governor Rick Perry To Sign Bill To Train Teachers As Armed Marshals

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May 26, 2013

Governor Rick Perry To Sign Bill To Train Teachers As Armed Marshals

Governor Rick Perry To Sign Bill To Train Teachers As Armed Marshals

The Texas house and senate have passed a bipartisan bill that is on its way to Governor Rick Perry to sign which will allow schools to train and maintain teachers as “armed marshals” on campuses.

“We’ve created a new class of law enforcement officers here in Texas to protect our kids in a moment of crisis,” said State Rep. Jason Villalba (R)

The AP claims that this bill follows a “relaxing” of gun restrictions.

This measure doesn’t help anyone because the gun must remain in a lockbox, not in the possession of the teacher at all times. However, it will cost the taxpayers money in order to provide the lockboxes, train, provide ammunition and weapons for those teachers making the cut.

Some teacher groups are pleading for armed professional security and they opposed the bill. Be careful what you wish for.

Texas teachers are already permitted to carry guns in class with the permission of their local school boards. However, a small number of districts have actually granted that permission.

Law enforcement officials also warned lawmakers that teachers with guns were at risk of being shot by police responding to emergencies at schools. However, if teachers are armed, more than likely they would be able to remove any threat before police arrived. Thus, that argument is probably not a good one.

I have been no friend of the public education system and have openly stated so. I think children can best be educated at home, not in a state run school. I also think children are best protected in their home where their parents are not restricted by lockboxes and state approval to defend themselves and their families.

What should be taking place is that Texas should take the lead and simply let teachers and school officials carry their weapons at school, not keep them in a lock box where they are doing no one any good.

Senator Brian Birdwell (R) said the concern over law-abiding citizens possessing guns on campus is misdirected: “The Second Amendment is not about the gun, it’s about the right to self-preservation.”

Wild Thing's comment..............

One thing for sure, Texas will always take a stand on people being able to protect themselves and that is so wonderful.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 26, 2013 01:55 AM


It's a start to getting guns on campus in the hands of the right people. As stated, a few districts in Texas already allow teachers and employees with CHLs to carry in the classroom.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at May 27, 2013 12:48 PM