Target: Idaho School District 25 Superintendent Mary Vagner
Goal: Prevent Idaho school personnel from being allowed to carry guns on campus
Idaho School District 25 recently approved legislation allowing local security officers access to gun safes on campus, where they could store their semi-automatic rifles in case of emergency. Despite the fact that the district claims that it will not extrapolate this legislation out to include armament of teachers and school personnel, it remains to be seen if they will keep their word indefinitely. Therefore, the district must be encouraged to keep their promise and not allow untrained employees to have access to firearms in an environment where they could be potentially dangerous to children.
Those who would gain access to firearms on campus with the passage of this legislation (security officers) would be trained in the use of the firearms, and would have to take all of the firearms home at the end of the day. The safes containing the rifles would be kept behind heavily locked doors, and there would be constant video surveillance of the lockup room. Therefore, given that these officers are trained personnel who devote their entire working careers to being able to handle these weapons and that extreme safety precautions are being taken to guard the weapons, it would seem fair to (cautiously) proceed under these conditions.
But the school district must not allow the guns to get any closer to the children than this. If teachers start getting armed with rifles, it would mean allowing the guns to enter the hands of individuals who might not be fully prepared to operate them and would also mean bringing them nearer to classrooms and places where children are prevalent. The idea is to protect the children and make schools a safer environment. It’s one thing to allow trained security personnel access to the tools they’ve been trained to use, and quite another to allow teachers the use of those tools. Sign the petition below to keep the guns out of the teachers’ hands.
Dear Superintendent Vagner,
Your district has recently passed legislation allowing security officers to store firearms in safes on campus. This is a questionable act, given that it will be bringing guns much closer to schools than they should be. It does appear, though, that you have taken extreme safety precautions with regard to this measure: you are keeping the safes behind closed and heavily locked doors and under constant video surveillance. Additionally, thus far you are only allowing trained officers access to the firearms. This is still a questionable procedure, but it is fair to give it a chance.
But you absolutely must stop here and go no further with this plan. You must not allow teachers or other school personnel access to firearms, and must not allow guns to get any closer to your schoolchildren. It’s risky enough having them anywhere on campus; bringing them any closer to your kids would be outrageously reckless and abominable.
It’s difficult enough to consider allowing the guns to enter the hands of the security officers on campus; suffice it to say, the background checks for employment for that position must become considerably more extensive as well. As long as they are sufficiently trained in handling the weapons, though, it makes some sense to allow them access to them in case of an emergency. But the guns must stay out of the hands of school personnel. It would be far too dangerous to allow that to happen. Keep your word and prevent the guns from ever entering their hands on campus.
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