Buchanan County deputy Sarah Hardin is the school resource officer in the Mid-Buchanan R-V School District. Lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation that creates a training program for teachers to carry guns in schools.

Missouri teachers will soon have the right — if they want it — to carry guns into the classroom.

Lawmakers voted last week to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation that creates a training program for teachers to carry guns in schools.

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If was was in a school shooting situation, I'd rather take my chances with a possible mishap by a liscenced conceal and carry holder who means well, than huddle scared under a desk while some punk wacked out on school-recommended Ritalin & selective Seratonin Uptake Inhibitors recreates his latest "Call of Duty" Playstation episode with live victims while the Police are en route to surround and cordon off the building with the tank from Afghanistan. I'm not knocking the cops who do a dangerous job. Minutes do mean lives though, and America was never intended to be a Police State, where we expect Big Brother to handle everything. The Right to Life, Liberty & Property means the right to defend it from those who try to take it from us. The cops will tell you, one of the first things they check is the nut job's medicine cabinet for SSRI's, but nobody's trying to ban them because they are invested in politicians & the media's #1 advertisement customer...


There are a lot of logical mistakes being made by people on this issue.

For starters, it was already legal for teachers to be armed in schools. Before this law, the school district could approve any teacher with a concealed carry license to carry on school grounds. After this law, the teacher has to have special training, permission, and gets registered as an active School Protection Officer. This law is safer than it previously was. Saying this law allows guns in schools is really not true, it regulates the guns in schools more than was done so before.

Second, nothing forces teachers to carry a gun. Teachers are trained to teach. If a teacher receives the appropriate training, they are trained to use a firearm defensively as well. The argument about teachers not having the right training assumes that they do not receive said training. This law specifically requires that training before the teacher is allowed to carry a gun. It may not be great training, we don't know. I doubt it will be any worse than the laughable police training though.

Third, they aren't worried that each kid is a potential threat. They're worried that a threat may occur at the school. It may be a kid, it may be an adult. Sure there is a chance that accidents could happen, but what is the risk run by not having schools armed? We already know that one. The risk of not having schools armed is that a man will have time to massacred dozens of people before the police arrive.

As for the danger of law enforcement attacking the wrong person, why do we place that issue on this law? Shouldn't we place that issue on law enforcement? I think we should be able to expect them to keep it together, pay attention, and evaluate the situation before they shoot someone. After all, that's what we expect from people that have a concealed carry license.



Spot on.


Oh God, it’s really horrifying when something like this happens. It’s like they see each kid as a potential threat, no wonder some of the actually grow up into criminals. I've got goose bumps just thinking about it. I’d rather let my kids study at home for a while. My friend already recommended me a home tuition service (you can check out this site if your kid needs it too). Honestly, I would do anything to keep my kids away from danger. Anyway, thank you for keeping us informed, keep up the good job.


MIOBSCENE, perhaps you should move to Columbine, Sandy Hook, or any of the many, many places where folks were so worried about hurting themselves that they allowed their politicians to take away their ability to prevent others from hurting themselves...


Teachers carrying guns in class:

Not a good idea.
In any particular school; there is much more of a change of an accident with the gun, losing the gun, a delusional kid making up a story about the teacher with the gun, the teacher himself going nuts, etc; then there is of a terrorist attack.

As JDW said: "Teachers are trained to teach"; not to make split-second decisions about who or when to shoot someone. "Leave gun carrying to the pros" who are trained for it.

In schools where teachers are allowed to carry weapons there have been zero shootings either by outsiders or teachers. That alone speaks volumes.


So those who are trained to make split-second decisions always make the right ones? I'm interested to see your thoughts on the Michael Brown situation. Or Trayvon Martin. Or Rodney King. Or (insert one of the number of major divisive discussions on if officers made proper split-second decisions on the use of their powers). People who have gone through concealed carry & gun safety training aren't inherently less or more qualified to make split second decisions because of their profession. There may be a little more instruction on how you SHOULD handle split-second decisions if you're an officer, but at the end of the day, they're just as prone to mistakes or improper judgement as anyone else. It's about your personality and how you perform and react under pressure.


Switzerland has the right to carry and their crime rate is near non-existant. Chicago, England and Australia have seen a marked increase in violent crime since banning their honest citizens from being able to carry for self-protection.

With the right to self-defend comes a huge responsibility though. People should be trained in safe practices with weapons and held liable for non-compliance to those safe practices.

Israel doesn't negotiate with terrorists. They took losses at first, but nobody hijacks Israeli airlines anymore, because they know how it will end for them.

No-gun zones are like signs saying "Come here- We're Unprotected..."


Looks like the Deputy's views and the Sheriff's are different

Perhaps she should have gotten with him or her supervisors before she ran her mouth off....? Hmmm.....



Slim Shady

This deputy is the sherriff's pet she can do no wrong.


We shall see...


The gun carrying stuff in this country is reaching the point of insane.


If your the bad guy.


I believe a better plan would be the school budget a armed security officer ( off duty deputy or police officer). To be in the building during school time. Arming teachers is a bad idea. Their training is to teach. Not provide police duties. Leave the school security to people trained in this field.


I agree.


A janitor is like a roll of toilet paper sitting on the shelve in the closet. Not much good when you really need it. And a gun in storage. Hang on mister shooter while I go and get my gun. Not much good either. If you are comfy and trained with a gun, fine. If not, then no requirement to carry. Don't make this to complicated.


I have known some pretty unstable teachers in my time. I'm pretty sure most of us can say the same. Wonder which of our local "wise lawmakers" voted to override the governor's veto on this. Also wondering what percentage of teachers does Mr Brockett represent. The NP sure does go to him every time there is a story about schools.

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