Imagine this scene: a shooter aims his high-powered semi-automatic rifle, pulling the trigger and firing off dozens of rounds in under a minute. The hero of the scene pulls a pistol from a holster, firing back in his direction. Between them cower two dozen seven-year-olds, hiding under desks and behind kevlar backpacks, because this scene is not in an action movie, but an elementary classroom, and the hopeful hero is a teacher who has spent years learning how children’s brains develop, and a few hours learning how to operate a firearm.
This, apparently, is the America Republicans envision, while the rest of us strive, instead, for an America where armed gunmen entering schools is not a regular occurrence. At least some elected officials are calling out the gun lobby shills, though, for their fight to ensure that there are not only more weapons in the hands of the average citizen, but that there is less regulation on what weapons those are and who can acquire them.
In Ohio, legislators are pushing through a bill that would have teachers carrying firearms while at work, after completing 24 hours of training. State Senator Teresa Fedor warned her colleagues, as they passed the bill over objections, that they will have blood on their hands from this decision.
"I think it's crazy. This bill is crazy … Everyone in this room will have blood on your hands."
— Ohio State Sen. Teresa Fedor (D) on House- and Senate-passed bill that would allow teachers and school staff to be armed with only 24 hours of training pic.twitter.com/oXyRnCsdWf
— The Recount (@therecount) June 2, 2022
According to the Ohio Capital Journal, the bill has passed through the House and Senate, and Governor Mike DeWine has indicated he’ll support it. It’s a significant change from current laws, which allow a teacher to carry a weapon on campus only if they’ve completed more than 700 hours of training — almost 30 times what the new bill will require.
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