Teachers, faculty, professors, and adminstrators: Pledge NOT to carry a weapon--resist the arming of teachers/administrators.
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Governor of Virginia
Governor Bob McDonald
Governor of Tennnessee
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Oklahoma-05
Gov. Mary Fallin

Teachers, faculty, professors, and adminstrators: Pledge NOT to carry a weapon--resist the arming of teachers/administrators.

    1. John Copenhaver
    2. Petition by

      John Copenhaver

      Winchester, VA

Some politicians in Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma and other states are calling for arming teachers and administrators in our schools. We want our students to be safe but think this approach is a misguided response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. There is evidence that the presence of metal detectors and armed police do little to assure the safety of our students, but make students more anxious and fearful. Arming teachers and administrators will only add to this anxiety. We support the reasonable gun control legislation along the lines of what is being proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif).

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Theological exposé of gun culture in the U.S.

      John Copenhaver
      Petition Organizer
      America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé

      "Atwood knows that guns are not just weapons, but symbols, and not only symbols, but idols that demand enormous sacrifice in American lives. This book gets at both the depth and meaning of this on-going tragedy.

    2. New call by NRA for arming teachers

      John Copenhaver
      Petition Organizer
      NRA School Plan: Arm Teachers, Turn Schools Into Prisons, and Never Mention Guns

      Based on the National Rifle Association's press conference today, the solution to mass shootings like the murder of 26 first graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last December is simple: turn our schools into prisons, complete with perimeter fences, security cameras, armed guards, and even armed teachers.

    3. Teachers speak out

      John Copenhaver
      Petition Organizer
      State union against arming teachers

      NASHVILLE - The head of the state's largest teachers' union said she expects her board to take an official position against proposals that would allow teachers to carry guns. The Tennessean reported that the measures are among proposals state lawmakers are considering this legislative session in the wake of last month's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    4. Gun-free School Zones: Research shows armed guards can do students more har

      John Copenhaver
      Petition Organizer
      The flaws in the NRA's school-security proposal

      This costly, nationwide expansion of police and security is financed by school districts, local police forces, states and even, in part, the federal government, which has provided funds for police-school partnerships since the Clinton administration. The expansion of police into schools over the past 20 years is very popular; there is no political resistance or even a critical dialogue about it in either major party.

    5. Tennessee is leading the call to arms

      John Copenhaver
      Petition Organizer
      Tennessee Legislators Leading the Call to Arm Teachers

      Less than five days after an elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 first graders and six adults dead - along with the mother of the gunman - a couple of Republican Tennessee legislators are proposing a solution: Our teachers need guns. First, there's Boner Award winner state Sen.

    6. Facebook page added--please "like"

      John Copenhaver
      Petition Organizer

      I just added a Facebook page. This link should work. On it I can share progress and developments and well as have some dialogue.

      https://www.facebook.com/pledge.and.resist

    7. The Petition is off to Governors

      John Copenhaver
      Petition Organizer

      As we met the initial goal of 100 signers, I've sent the petition to the governors of Virginia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma asking them to reconsider their support for arming teachers and administrators. Thank you for your support and please keep it active. The next goal is 200 signers--when we reach that goal I'll contact the governors office's by phone with an update. Apparently even the NRA thinks arming teachers and administrators is a bad idea.

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Reached 50 signatures
    10. Thank you for signing

      John Copenhaver
      Petition Organizer

      I'd added a photo to the petition which I hope will make it more attractive--please pass along to others as you have opportunity.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anne Norris LUTHERVILLE, MD
      • about 1 month ago

      I teach !

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    • Elaine Wright WINCHESTER, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I do not believe that a higher degree of security will result from having more people carry weapons on campus.

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    • Jean Lee MILLWOOD, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Arming school personnel is not a reasonable solution to the problem. It is totally unreasonable and should therefore not be considered as an option.

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    • Kate Simpson WINCHESTER, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I will quote a powerful letter to the editor published in the Washington Post: will the Newtown tragedy shatter the perverse mentality that saturating the country with guns keeps us safe? Guns do not, now or ever, belong in schools or anywhere else people live in community.

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    • Jeff Butcher STEPHENS CITY, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a Christian I believe I am called to work for the day when there will be no more weapons to cause grief in communities because innocents have been slain. "Swords will be beaten into plowshares ... Isaiah 2:4." We need to be teaching peaceful ways to resolve conflict rather than modeling the use of guns to resolve the conflict. Moreover, arming teachers will just more the campus a more dangerous place due to the availability of weapons and the potential that a student might be able to come into the possession of that weapon.

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