Target: Texas State Representative Dan Flynn
Goal: Don’t give teachers the legal right to shoot students without consequences.
Texas state law may soon grant teachers legal coverage to shoot students on school grounds if a proposal by State Representative Dan Flynn is passed. Introducing more guns into the hands of more people does nothing to end the United States’ gun violence epidemic. Demand that this proposal be abandoned immediately.
Teachers in Texas already have the legal right to carry firearms in classroom. One would think that if worse came to worse and a teacher felt justified in using a weapon against an assailant to protect themselves or their students, the teacher would have no fear about the ability for their actions to hold up to scrutiny in a court of law. This is apparently not enough for Representative Flynn, though. His bill, called the Teacher’s Protection Act, would grant civil immunity to teachers who use deadly force against students, barring them from any liability in the event of a student’s injury or death. It would also give teachers the legal right to use lethal force against students not only in defense of themselves or their students, but in defense of school property.
This bill is unnecessary and grants people way too much leeway in the use and consequences of using deadly force. Sign the petition below to demand that Representative Flynn abandon this terrible legislation at once.
Dear Representative Flynn,
I am writing you today about your House Bill 868, known as the Teacher’s Protection Act. It is a reckless proposal that will do nothing but create conditions where excessive force can be used with impunity. It should never be passed into law.
No one needs increased legal protections for using deadly force when the right to self defense is already extremely well established. A teacher in your state who is using their Texas right to carry a gun in a classroom and ends up using it in defense of themselves or other students should not have to fear legal repercussions if their actions were actually justified. In this way, your bill is specifically redundant. What is not redundant, however, is the effort to withhold scrutiny of a teacher’s actions by granting them civil immunity in cases where they use deadly force. Your bill will do nothing but allow teachers to escape being held accountable for their actions in cases where the use of deadly force was not at all justified.
This bill is downright dangerous. Besides the argument outlined above, allowing people to be killed in defense of a school’s material property is preposterous, and the idea that more guns leads to less crime—an idea that your bill plays right into—has been thoroughly debunked time and again. I demand that you abandon your proposal immediately.
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