Texas Armed Teachers_Tight Edit { 20 images } Created 4 Oct 2017

Dr Telena Wright Superintendent of Argyle ISD, Texas, and Paul Cairney, Police Chief of Argyle ISD, Texas. In January 2014 Argyle ISD voted in favor of arming a percentage of their teachers, under the 2013 Protection of Texas Children Act - a deterrent and defense against potential active shooters. Argyle ISD is one of seven school districts in Texas who’ve implemented a similar plan, where teachers and admin staff carry pistols hidden under clothing while on campus.

Generally federal law prohibits the public from bringing guns into schools, but nine states, including Texas, Oregon and Wisconsin, have exceptions allowing licensed civilians to bring concealed pistols onto college campuses. Another nine allow concealed weapons in school parking lots and left in locked cars. Some states have gone further by encouraging teachers to arm themselves. In Texas, K-12 schools can legally appoint one armed employee per 400 students or allow teachers who possess concealed carry handgun licenses to bring firearms into the classroom.

The number of active shootings not related to drug or gang activity has more than tripled since the Columbine School Shooting, from an average of 6.4 per year between 2000 and 2007 to an average of 20 per year in 2014 and 2015, according to the FBI. Data isn’t available for all of 2016, but in June of that year, Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida—the worst act of terror on American soil since 9/11 and the highest number of people killed in an active shooting in the U.S.

But in February of this year President Trump signed a measure repealing an Obama-era law that disallowed gun ownership by people with some mental health conditions, fuelling debate over the link between mental illness and mass murder in the United States.

The rule was originally created in retaliation to the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 students and six teachers were killed by gunshot, and required the Social Security Administration to pass details of individuals with some mental health conditions – approximately 75,000 people initially – to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
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