Broward County Superintendent Refuses to Allow Armed Teachers in Spite of the Evidence

By Faye Higbee

Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie notified his school district that he will not allow teachers to be armed in spite of a new law passed on May 1. One of the more horrific mass shootings occurred in the Broward County School district at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Even though a recent study revealed that not one mass shooting was carried out at any school that had armed teachers, Superintendent Robert Runcie has decided that no teacher in his district can be armed, according to wsvn.

On May 1st, Florida passed a law that stated school teachers may be armed, and expanded their “guardian” program to include any teacher who voluntarily wished to carry a firearm as long as the school district approved. And that is the problem with Superintendent Runcie at Broward County – he does not approve. Why? He believes that more guns in the schools makes the students unsafe.

“Arming teachers will create an unsafe environment, and many in law enforcement agree. We do not believe arming teachers is the best way to make our schools safe.” Robert Runcie, Broward County Superintendent

Not every law enforcement officer agrees with that statement.

“It allows the good guys to stop the bad. The bad guys will never know when the good guys are there to shoot back. The guardian is the last line of defense. He or she will be there when a police officer is not.” Republican Rep. Chuck Brannan of Lake City, a retired law enforcement officer to wsvn

Runcie’s idea flies in the face of a study conducted by 2A advocate John Lott.

The New American noted about the study: “We don’t need to guess how the policy would work. There has yet to be a single case of someone being wounded or killed from a shooting, let alone a mass public shooting, between 6 AM and midnight at a school that lets teachers carry guns” since at least January 2000. Fears that a student might grab a firearm from a teacher and use it to commit gun violence are groundless as well, said Lott’s study: “Students obtaining teachers guns have not occurred at all.” Appropriately, Lott entitled his study: “Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns are Extremely Safe.”

On the other hand, shootings on campuses where teachers and staff are prohibited from carrying concealed have “increased significantly — doubling [in number] between 2001 and 2008 versus 2009 and 2018.”

In his study Lott collected the data on all K-12 shootings that took place on school campuses between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight on school days. He found 306 cases. But 48 of them were suicides so that left 188 shootings. In those instances, 193 people died and 267 were either wounded or injured. But none of them occurred on any of the more than 1,000 school properties where teachers and staff were permitted to carry a sidearm. In fact, the only shooting that took place on a campus where teachers were allowed to carry occurred after hours, and no one was injured.”

Armed teachers do not make students unsafe. If anything they keep the mass shooters at bay- bad guys do not want to go on a campus where the teachers were armed. There are no sitting ducks there, no vulnerable children to be targets.

Featured photo: screenshot of Superintendent Robert Runcie via Broward County Schools