I think we’ve heard enough from Generation Tide Pod. About guns and life itself (see Report: Parkland Teens Being Organized by EVERY Liberal Interest Group and Activist David Hogg Praises Fellow Teen’s Extreme Gun Control Proposals). Call me when they’ve grown up and start paying taxes. ‘Cause they’ll keep yapping as long as they’re fed talking points. Or until cable news gets distracted by something shinier.
Adults, however, are ready for solutions. Something that could actually say #NeverAgain. For a Florida Sheriff’s Department, that means training university employees.
Faculty and staff at both Webber International University and Southeastern University will be permitted to carry firearms on campus after undergoing extensive training by a local sheriff’s department.
Faculty and staff who undergo the training are appointed as “Special Deputies” by the sheriff’s department “for the limited purpose of providing security on Southeastern University’s campus during an active assailant incident,” according to the department.
Who else read “Special Deputies” and thought of cheap little plastic stars being pinned onto children dressed as cowboys? Just me? Okay then.
Training consists of 132 hours of instruction, including 1,000 rounds of live fire training and eight hours of active shooter instruction. The total hours of training participants receive is 25% more than the department’s deputies receive. As well, the department mandates an 85% pass rate for the training as compared to the 80% rate set by state standards.
It’s all voluntary. Got that? Forcing teachers or anyone else to carry is a terrible idea. So far, no one’s proposing that. Forcing teachers to lock and load makes as much sense as taking policy advice from tweens who literally don’t know the proper use of the word literally. As stupid as our politics have become, we’re not quite at the level of handing guns to people who don’t want them. Something to be thankful for.
But should you choose to carry, the training is available. Criminals ignore the “gun free zone” sign. Maybe it’s time for professors and administrators to start doing the same.