South Carolina legislator moves to have public school employees armed

Posted by: ST on December 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm

An idea other states should consider. Via WCNC:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new bill introduced Tuesday in the South Carolina House of Representatives aims to arm public school employees on campuses throughout the state.

Republican Rep. Phillip D. Lowe (District 60) wants to amend the code by adding a section “to provide a public school employee who has a concealed weapons permit may possess a firearm on the premises of his employer.”

Click here to read the bill

An amendment on Section 1, Article 5, Chapter 1, Title 59 of the 1976 Code was referred to the Committee on Judiciary on Tuesday.

Lowe, a father of three, represents Darlington and Florence counties and is a member of the NRA.  He has been in the SC House since 2007.

I don’t want to speak with certainty here since I’m not 100% sure, but I believe Texas already gives local school districts the option to do this.  Can anyone confirm/clarify this for me please?

I think this is an idea whose time has long since come, and I’m honestly shocked that more states don’t allow this. Well, sorta shocked – considering how some people absolutely (and somewhat understandably) freak out at the thought of a “loaded gun” being in schools, even if it is owned and in the possession of a CCW holder and hidden away effectively by the teacher (or principal or whatever public school employee).

Yours truly was involved in very intense debates this past weekend on social media over, in part, this very idea.  Tragically, Sandy Hook’s principal Dawn Hochsprung (47) and school psychologist Mary Sherlach (56) were murdered as they rushed the gunman on Friday to try and stop him.  Had one or both of them been armed, would we be hearing a much different story today? It’s worth discussing and debating, especially when you consider there have indeed been other instances where legally armed civilians were responsible for preventing gun massacres from taking place – with one of the civilian heroes being a school principal.

The liberals I’ve spoke with about this are (unsurprisingly) against the idea of educators being armed, because they think a kid’s going to end up with the weapon or that ppl will get hurt or die in a “crossfire.” So their solution is MORE “gun free zones” … and more money for mental health services, as though thorough reform of our mental health system is going to stop every single madman from doing exactly what Lanza did on Friday.

Now, I’m all for that kind of reform, and I’d like to think a complete overhaul of our mental health system would do just that, but I’m a realist – and unlike the left, I know there is no such place as the  Utopia States of America. No matter how much mental health system reform we have, even if it ideally proved useful and helpful to the individuals as well as society, it is not going to be foolproof because some people go through life not diagnosed with anything, never show any signs of mental issues, and then go on rampages.

And those in gun free zones end up being sitting ducks, helpless victims  – unable to defend themselves and those around them.  That is unacceptable.

Am I calling for SWAT weaponry in the classroom? A police officer at every entrance? No.  But it just plain makes sense to allow educators the option of being able to legally carry into a school.  It could mean the difference between one injury or death (the shooters) or many (employees, students).


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5 Responses to “South Carolina legislator moves to have public school employees armed”


  1. Phineas says:

    Rick Perry is all in favor of the idea of someone being armed at a school.

  2. Jason Reichert says:

    The state of Texas doesn’t allow for teachers or other personnel to be armed, at least not to my knowledge. However, school districts in Texas are allowed to employ and certify their own police officers. I’m attaching the link to the Katy (TX) Independent School District’s Police Department and it’s FAQ section. It’s pretty clear what they can do according to state statute:

  3. foxmuldar says:

    The Anti gun crowd are so quick to blame gun owners for their failure to protect themselves and their children. I wonder how many of the parents of those killed at the school also possess a weapon at home? Are they also guilty then if their son or daughters murder?

    Following this tragedy the left was calling for the murder of all NRA members. Gee what were they going to use to commit this mass murder. Tooth picks? Muslims uses box cutters to kill 3000 Americans on 911. If someone wants to kill others, they will find a way. Being able to defend ones self is a second amendment right. Too bad these poor souls didn’t have a chance to defend themselves. Not even a stun gun or baseball bat. What good did calling 911 do? Maybe the cops arrived in time to save more lives but by then 26 were gone. And when this crazed person finally met up with someone pointing a gun at him, he took his own life. He knew he would have free reign once inside the school. So sad.

  4. Without the Second Amendment there would be no First Amendment, under which “academic freedom” is protected. It is better to have a gun and not need it than to need it and not have it.

  5. Polly says:

    Lets imagine for a moment that all guns were outlawed in this country, presumably even the police had no guns. As someone said, if a maniac was determined to commit mass murder he/she will find a way.

    Now imagine another Timothy McVey. He blew up the federal building in Oklahoma. Suppose the school house in Newtown was blown up because no guns were available to the murderer. The toll would have been much,much greater.

    We will never be safe even if all guns, knives, explosives, automobiles, snakes, alligators, hammers, chain saws and what have you were pernmanently removed. The only answer is to allow us to defend ourselves.