Butler (Ohio) County Sheriff Richard Jones has a novel solution for preventing the next school shooting, and it involves putting guns directly in teachers’ hands.
On Sunday, Jones tweeted that he would be offering free concealed carry classes to teachers in the Butler County. He also hinted at offering training directly pertaining to stopping an ongoing shooting situation.
I am going to offer free concealed and Carry class free 2 teachers in butler county. Limited number. Details coming soon on line. Also training on school shootings.
— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 18, 2018
Attention Butler County School Employees: If you’re interested in our FREE CCW class, email your full name, school affiliate, and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accepting 50 candidates. We will contact you for date / time of class.
— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 19, 2018
According to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the 50 offered slots were filled within 20 minutes of Jones’ announcement.
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office declined to give The Daily Caller additional details on the classes Monday, as Sheriff Jones and the public information officers were out of office for President’s Day.
Jones isn’t the only public figure to suggest arming teachers in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Parkland, Florida.
Members of Florida’s Senate Judiciary Committee have pushed a bill that would allow designated school staff members to carry firearms. (RELATED: FL Senate Bill Would Arm School Staff)
“I don’t feel gun-free zones protect anyone but criminals,” State Sen. Greg Steube said of supporting the bill. “And there is no evidence that says otherwise.”