Some Thoughts on CCW in Schools

Some Thoughts on CCW in Schools

Some Thoughts on CCW in SchoolsIn the wake of the 2016 election, gun politics and the Second Amendment have been relegated to the back burner of American political discourse. Even the rise of Constitutional Carry has largely passed without the normal tumult of talking heads raging at each other on cable news. I don’t miss those days, and I’m sure neither do most of you.

In this vast silence, some other changes are happening in America—in particular an increasing movement toward allowing CCW in schools. This marks a big change the popular view of CCW. Even suggesting the legalization of CCW in schools would have been dismissed immediately a few years ago. So what changed?

Well, first and foremost the data would tend to suggest that allowing CCW holders to carry on school grounds makes our schools safer. We’ve often discussed how CCW holders tend to be more law abiding than the average citizen, and in many states commit fewer crimes than LEOs do. Coupled with the fact that the one state which permits CCW in schools, Utah, has seen no school related shootings and has a low rate of in-school crime in general. As always, correlation does not equal causation, but it does have a way of influencing public opinion. And the results are tangible. Many states are considering laws that would loosen the restrictions on CCW in schools, and Utah’s neighbor state of Colorado is training and arming teachers.

Is this a good idea? I honestly feel that it is. At the risk of sounding cliché, the fact remains that bad guys don’t obey the law—that’s part of what makes them bad guys. Anyone with criminal intent isn’t going to be stopped by gun control laws, as the city of Chicago tragically continues to make clear. Likewise, the presence of a CCW holder in a school is at worst a neutral element. I firmly believe that armed citizens deter crime in all forms, be it on school property or in a private home.

There’s another element in play as well. We live in a media landscape that paints all gun owners as dangerous, potential criminals—often with tragic results. Any steps we can take to normalize gun ownership and CCW help roll back our looming police state and the aggressive nationwide infringement into our civil rights. To my mind permitting CCW in schools supports the Constitution. Let’s make it happen.

Until then, I do strongly suggest that you follow your state’s laws regarding CCW in schools—getting yourself arrested does nothing to help the cause. Here at USA Carry we’ve talked in the past about how to handle picking up your kids from school while carrying, and I think that article is worth revisiting in light of this discussion.

What’s likely to come of all this? I suspect that crime will continue to drop in these United States, as it has for quite a while now. With that in mind, I think that we’ll also see more school systems and states considering measures akin to what Utah and Colorado are doing. As always, voicing our opinions on the matter to our state governments can help speed that along.

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Jim Lagnese

It all boils down to tribalism and I don’t mean left or right, democrat or republican. In this case it’s what Heinlein called those that want others controlled and those that do not, with the controlling group often limiting the rights and privileges of others when it comes to politics and within other groups they belong. Again, it’s not a left right thing as the common thread is to control, so it’s just who and what they want controlled based on their cultural and sometimes religious biases, although it’s really more cultural and often the reasons for doing so are confirmation bias and motivated reasoning at it’s worst. Underlying it is fear of change and having their beliefs challenged and it’s a pathological expression of what Albert Ellis called Musterbation.


I have been an avid reader of usa carry and have my own opinion about allowing firearms in the schools. I am of the belief that law abiding citizens should have the right to own and carry firearms. School shootings occur way too often and will continue to do so. If you are proficient with a firearm then yes I too would be in favor of CCW in the school’s.
The part of the article that upsets me is the insinuation that the Police are a second criminal element to be feared. If not for Law enforcement crime would be running rampant and our world would be in constant turmoil. Who receives the call when there is a problem and will be there regardless of the severity. Not all officers are perfect but i believe the good outweighs the bad. I dedicated 28 years of my life to Law Enforcement and for you to imply that police are also the bad guy upsets me to say the least.

Jim Lagnese

I think you’re reading too much into it and the best you can do is ask the author for verifiable data. He might be right statistically. You should reread the statement.

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Bob Howerton

Of course a CCW permit holder should be allowed to carry on school grounds. I have always wondered why this policy was even put in place. If someone has been cleared and gone through the process of legally carrying a firearm, what is the problem on school grounds. For someone to think that a school is less safe with a legally carrying adult, especially in our culture today is simply mind boggling. It is simply due to that fact that the media and most liberals have made the gun evil, and thus gun owners evil. In a nutshell, the choice is this: either keep our schools gun free, which is just advertising for the would be shooter, or make our schools safer by allowing at least someone on grounds to protect our kids. If you knew there would be a shooter would be coming to your school, what would you do? Prob keep your kids at home. But since no one knows when a shooting will happen, why not be prepared? What always stops a bad guy with a gun? A good guy with a gun. But some people will simply never connect the dots.