The Florida school shooting has brought forward a number of suggestions to protect schools, including the possibility of fortifying campuses with more armed guards and even arming teachers. Some states, including Texas, allowed trained teachers to carry a firearm in the classroom.
Now, one sheriff is stepping forward to ensure teachers have the ability to defend themselves, and their students.
Butler County (OH) Sheriff Richard K. Jones, a vocal supporter of President Trump, is offering free concealed carry classes to teachers in the county. “I am going to offer free concealed and carry class free 2 teachers in butler county,” he tweeted. “Limited number. Details coming soon on line. Also training on school shootings.”
While his proposal met with limited criticism, the response was overwhelmingly positive.
Since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, politicians and pundits have been calling for stronger gun control measures and casting blame for the tragedy on the NRA, Republicans, conservatives and President Donald Trump.
But others are fighting fire with fire.
TheBlaze noted Sunday that the owner of UtahGunExchange.com is offering a free concealed carry class for the state’s educators and students who are at least 18 years old.
And the same thing is happening in Ohio — but the difference is that the offer is coming courtesy of a law enforcement official.
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones announced Sunday on Twitter that he’ll offer a free concealed carry class to teachers in the county — as well as training on school shootings.
Not that everybody was on board. One Facebook commenter called the sheriff’s class to fight back against gun violence in schools “hillbilly logic.”
“If kids come first, why are you trying to expose them to MORE firearms?” the commenter wrote. “Why not just try to change the gun laws and make it harder for people to even obtain them?”
A commenter on Jones’ Twitter post replied, “I truly hope you’re not implying by this tweet that teachers should be bringing weapons onto school property? Training for everyone on an individual basis is fine and dandy, but if there is a teacher bringing a gun onto school grounds, I have BIG problems with that.”
Here is the sheriff’s original tweet.
I am going to offer free concealed and Carry class free 2 teachers in butler county. Limited number. Details coming soon on line. Also training on school shootings.
— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 18, 2018
The response to his offer was overwhelming, as the sheriff’s office noted later.
Over 50 emails in 20 minutes. Keep them coming, we will find a plan. This community rocks! #kidscomefirst!!