Texas Teachers Pack a Pistol

I don’t go a week at work without someone referencing my Texas origin. I think they think I like to talk about it. Sure, it is something I am incredibly proud of, just as any true Texan is. As hard as non-Texans try to get their head around what Texas is really like, they tend to fall back to long persisting stereotypes (some of which are somewhat negative).

Overall, I don’t mind this kind of conjecture, but it occurred to me that bringing some folks up to speed on WHY everything is bigger and better in Texas might be useful. So I offer this and some future posts on the topic of Texas.

I have written about Texans being a well-armed people. And there is the talk that open carry (openly carrying a firearm in public) may come back to Texas. Don’t get the wrong idea and think Texas is the “the wild west” and full of chaos or lack of order. Far from the truth. Texas is a state full of nice people who generally are laid back and generous; preferring to lend a hand before swinging a fist. Still, Texans just aren’t wild about the idea of wrong-minded people interrupting our peace and safety.

So, I thought I would cross-post this article I read on the Ft. Worth Star Telegram website about a school district giving teachers the right to conceal carry handguns. This may give you a hair of insight into some Texas mentality. Here is a snippet to get you started:

When classes start Aug. 25 in the tiny Harrold school district, there will be one distinct difference from years prior: Some of the teachers may have guns. To deter and protect against school shootings, trustees have altered district policy to allow employees to carry concealed weapons if they have a state permit and permission from the administration. The 110-student district lies 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth on the eastern end of Wilbarger County, near the Oklahoma border.

More than a dozen state legislatures have considered making it legal to carry guns on college campuses, but experts and officials contacted by the Star-Telegram say the move is unheard of in elementary or secondary schools.

Superintendent David Thweatt said a main concern was that the small community is a 30-minute drive from the sheriff’s office, leaving students and teachers without protection.

The district’s lone campus sits 500 feet from heavily trafficked U.S. 287, which could make it a target, Thweatt said.

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“When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started,” Thweatt said. “Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ‘sic ’em’ to a dog.”

Texas law outlaws firearms on school campuses “unless pursuant to the written regulations or written authorization of the institution.”

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