Arkansas School District Arms Teachers Because Hiding and Locking the Doors “Is Not a Plan”


A Clarksville, Arkansas school district, backed by a little-known state law, has begun a rigorous training program so that members of the staff can carry concealed at school.

…more than 20 teachers, administrators and other school employees in this town … will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus. After undergoing 53 hours of training, Dougan and other teachers at the school will be considered guards. (source)

Staff members will receive 53 hours of training that is geared towards responding to school shooter scenarios from Nighthawk Custom Training Academy, a private training facility in northwest Arkansas. “That teacher is going to respond to one thing and one thing alone, and that’s someone is in the building either actively or attempting to kill people,” explained Jon Hodoway, director of training for Nighthawk.

The decision to arm teachers has not made everyone happy. One mother, Sherry Wommack, is removing her son from the school. “I think police officers are trained to make those [life and death] decisions, not teachers.” There are other vocal opponents to the decision.

State officials are not blocking Clarksville’s plan, but Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell is opposed to the idea of arming teachers and staff. He prefers to hire law enforcement officers as school resource officers.

There are other dissenters, too. Donna Morey, former president of the Arkansas Education Association, called the idea of arming teachers “awful.” The risk of a student accidentally getting shot or obtaining a gun outweighs any benefits, she said.

“We just think educators should be in the business of educating students, not carrying a weapon,” Morey said. (source)

According to a report on USA Today, the school will be posted with warnings that armed guards are present, but the armed staff members will not be identified and the weapons will be carried concealed.

In recent years, schools have responded to school shootings like the ones in Columbine and Sandy Hook with various kinds of safety and lockdown drills. Not everyone agrees that this is an acceptable plan, and that is why this Arkansas school district decided to arm members of their staff.

Many parents would agree with what Superintendent David Hopkins said when explaining the decision. “The plan we’ve been given in the past is ‘Well, lock your doors, turn off your lights and hope for the best’. That’s not a plan.”

In the horrible event of a shooter at your child’s school, would you feel better if your child was crouching under a desk or being protected by trained, armed staff members?

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“The War Clouds Rising Between Israel & Iran”: Join us for event on August 8th in Denver

I'll be speaking about Israel and Iran at an even in Denver soon. Please register to join us.

I’ll be speaking about Israel and Iran at an event in Denver soon. Please register to join us.

I’m looking forward to three specific upcoming public speaking opportunities and wanted to make you aware of them. Please take a few moments to learn more about each of these exceptional events, and then register today to join us.

>> August 8th in Denver – Topic: “The War Clouds Rising Between Israel & Iran.” — The occasion will be the annual fundraising event for Ministry Architecture, Inc., a ministry my parents (Len and Mary Rosenberg) started 13 years to provide architectural services for evangelical Christian ministries operating in developing countries who need orphanages, training centers, hospitals, and other facilities to show the love of Jesus. Before I speak, my folks will share about the exciting work God is doing through this ministry in countries such as Mexico, Nigeria, Zambia, Sudan, Romania, Haiti, Thailand, Turkey, Israel, etc. Then I will discuss the enormous economic and spiritual challenges facing the United States, whether we could face not just a decline but a collapse, and the prospect of a Third Great Awakening. And I’m especially looking forward to your questions as that is my favorite part of the evening! The event will take place at Calvary Chapel South Denver in Littleton, Colorado, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm. A contribution of $ 25 per person is requested to help support Ministry Architecture. Contributions are tax deductible. Registration is required, and you can register at Please join us — I hope to see you there.

>> August 11-17 in the Adirondacks — Topic: “Rediscovering the Purpose and Power of Bible Prophecy” — The occasion will be the Word of Life summer conferences. I am one of three teachers that week, including Dr. Mark Bailey, president of Dallas Theological Seminary. If you and your family have never attended a Word of Life camp, I highly encourage you to come. They are so encouraging and refreshing and I absolutely love spending time in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, where I have so many fond memories from my childhood.

>> October 3-5 in New York City — Topic: “The People, The Land, and The Future of Israel” — The occasion is a CPM conference that will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan. Some of the leading theologians in the West on the subject of Biblical and prophetic Israel will be speaking. I am honored to be part of the event and I hope you will  register today and join us in October. For more details, please click here.

Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

ILLINOIS: If it floats, it’s taxed

Look up “death spiral” in the dictionary and there’s a picture of Chicago’s skyline.

It now costs $ 6 to kayak, canoe or tube in Illinois

As of July 1, non-motorized watercraft, such as canoes, kayaks, even inner tubes, are required to have a valid “Water Usage Stamp” to float on Illinois lakes, streams and rivers.

State vendors, any business which offers hunting and fishing licenses, will sell the $ 6 stamp — also referred to as a “Paddle Pass” — plus a 50 cent service fee. Failure to buy one can result in a $ 120 fine, but it won’t be imposed right away. Owners buying stamps for more than three boats at the same time will only be charged $ 3 for the fourth and subsequent stamps.

The new fee is part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources sustainability bill, which also included the $ 2 annual auto license plate fee hike added to help restore $ 18 to $ 20 million per year of the $ 50 million per year the agency had lost to recent state budget cuts.

The requirement is new for inner tube floaters, but for other non-powered watercraft like row boats and kayaks, this stamp replaces the need to apply for titles and registration in the state. The fee and sticker also are mandatory for out-of-state floating watercraft.

Not having a stamp could result in a $ 120 fine.

Chicago, meet Detroit. Detroit, Chicago.

Doug Ross @ Journal