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Tennessee Passes Bill to Allow Armed Teachers in Public Schools

A year after the Nashville school shooting, Tennessee lawmakers have voted in favor of having teachers and staff conceal carry.

The recent vote by Tennessee lawmakers to allow some teachers and staff to carry concealed handguns on public school grounds is a direct and pragmatic response to the tragic realities of today’s world. The bill, which has now passed the Senate and awaits Governor Bill Lee’s signature, represents a bold step towards bolstering school security, a move that’s becoming increasingly necessary as our educational institutions continue to be targeted by senseless violence.

This legislation allows for concealed carry on school premises by staff who have undergone thorough vetting and training, providing a critical line of defense in the unthinkable event of a school shooting. It’s a practical solution that acknowledges the reality that when seconds count, the police are often minutes away. The bill strategically restricts knowledge of which staff are armed to only school administrators and law enforcement, thereby maintaining an element of surprise that is essential for effective deterrence.

Critics of the bill, predominantly from the left, chant “Blood on your hands,” and accuse Republicans of increasing gun presence in schools without considering the protective rationale behind the measure. Their arguments ignore the glaring need for immediate defense capabilities in our schools and instead promote a utopian ideal where signs and policies deter determined attackers. Their outcry is indicative of a broader cultural war over the Second Amendment and school safety, where the left continues to ignore the potential benefits of well-regulated firearms on school property in favor of a disarmament narrative that leaves our children vulnerable.

Moreover, it’s disheartening to see that the same voices clamoring against this bill are those who often support policies that undermine public safety in other areas, from soft-on-crime approaches to the vilification of law enforcement. Their criticism of this bill is part of a larger pattern of political posturing that prioritizes ideological purity over the safety of our children.

As for the Democrats’ claims that this move caters to the gun industry, these are nothing more than fearmongering tactics designed to politicize the genuine concern many Tennesseans have for the safety of their children. The truth is, allowing trained staff to carry firearms is a rational response to a changed world, where evil does not respect gun-free zones.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.