The Ohio State Supreme Court is currently weighing a challenge to the armed school staff program in the Madison school district, in a case brought by several parents with the help of Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety. The plaintiffs claim that under Ohio law, any armed teachers or staffers have to undergo the same training as peace officers in the state before they can legally carry, and they actually managed to get a state appellate court to go along with the argument.
Ohio’s Attorney General has weighed in on the side of the school district, arguing that the section of the law cited by Everytown’s attorneys don’t apply to teachers or staffers who choose to be armed, while noting that every school district in the state vets and provides training for every staffer who volunteers to serve as a first line of defense against an attack on school grounds.
While the state Supreme Court considers the case, anti-gun activists are now taking their arguments to the court of public opinion. In a new piece at the Cincinnati Inquirer, Moms Demand Action volunteer and teacher Sara DeMuch argues that armed school staff are more likely to create “gun violence” than they are in stopping it.