The Tri-Valley School Board will meet on April 11 to give second reading to its proposed school gunslinger policy. If the Tri-Valley board won’t believe my contention that bringing guns to school puts kids at physical and psychic risk, perhaps they’ll believe this workplace research showing that pro-gun policies put employees at greater risk of homicide:
In this study, the risk of a worker being killed at work was substantially higher in workplaces where employer policy allowed workers to keep guns: workplaces where guns were specifically permitted were 5 to 7 times more likely to be the site of a worker homicide relative to those where all weapons were prohibited. Only a small increase in the risk of homicide was associated with workplaces that allowed weapons other than guns. After we adjusted for workplace characteristics and preventive measures, further analysis suggested that the increased risk associated with employer policies allowing guns was not completely explained by either characteristics of the workplace that may be indicative of its inherent “riskiness” or employers’ failure to adopt recommended protections [Dana Loomis, Stephen W. Marshall, and Myduc L. Ta, “Employer Policies Toward Guns and the Risk of Homicide in the Workplace,” American Journal of Public Health, May 2005].
This research suggests that allowing school staff to carry guns will put school staff at greater risk of getting killed. Maybe the risk won’t increase for kids as much, since they are smaller targets… but there are more of them. How about we just not test the math? Tri-Valley, stand down. Stick with your armed, uniformed school police officer if you must, and don’t put your staff and students at greater risk.