I’ve received a number of calls and emails regarding my opposition to HB 70. Since the prior post was only three sentences long and the reporter who wrote the article to which they are responding never called to get more details on my position, I thought I’d elaborate on my ideas on how to make schools safer.
I oppose HB 70 because it takes all authority away from local school boards and school principles to determine elements of school security. On a team, there can only be one quarterback who calls the plays. We need a system of organization that ensures we have the best game-plan possible to protect our children – not legislation which, by its open-ended nature, would do nothing to absolutely require that any particular school is adequately protected with a detailed security plan.
Instead, we need a plan which will improve safety in every school. That’s why I support legislation which would (1) require school districts to name personnel responsible for security at schools in the district, (2) gives those school security officers the authority to determine which personnel at schools can carry firearms, (3) provides additional training to school personnel chosen by the security officer to carry a firearm, and (4) protects school security information from public dissemination.
In addition, I believe schools should take down all “gun-free zone” signs and replace them with a sign that warns, “This school is protected by armed personnel.” I believe legislation similar to this will soon be offered and I plan on being one of the first co-sponsors.
 In many cases, as I’ve said on KWOS, I believe this would be a school janitor. There are a few reasons for this. First, janitors, as a group, are probably more likely to have experience with firearms. Second, a janitor is not in any particular classroom but instead takes care of the entire school and so is more likely to be in a hallway or more public space in the event of a “live shooter” situation. Third, if it still works like it did when I was in school, janitors carry walkie-talkies around which could be used for immediate communication in an emergency.
 I would envision that the security plan and the persons authorized to carry firearms to protect schools would be shared with local law enforcement so that, in the event of an emergency, officers who arrive on the scene can know right away who is on their team when they enter a school.