Julie Kramer wants more than a stapler in her hands, should a mass shooting ever take place in her school in rural Illinois.
Kramer, superintendent of the Hutsonville, Illinois school district, which is home to approximately 320 students, knows that if an attack occurs in her school, the police may arrive too late.
That’s why Kramer spent nine months attending the local police academy and became a licensed police officer, which now allows her to carry a gun at school!
Kramer told Time:
“If somebody comes in to try to hurt my kids, we have something other than a stapler to throw at them. We’re no longer a soft target. We have some options…I’m just going to be a superintendent that happens to also be a police officer.”
The move comes as President Trump’s Department of Education is considering allowing local school districts to allocate a portion of their federal education dollars to buy guns for teachers who want to carry for self-defense.
Gun control activists are angerly demanding more gun control in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting, but gun rights supporters point out that increasing gun restrictions has not stopped previous shootings — and likely won’t stop future ones either.
On the contrary, the stories of teachers and other armed citizens stopping would-be mass shooters in the act is growing.
And while gun control radicals try to claim they are working to advance gun restrictions ‘for the children,’ it is teachers like Julie Kramer who are willing to risk their own lives to protect otherwise helpless students.
“I love all my kids, but if it comes to a situation where I’m walking down the hall and one of them is taking the lives of some of my other kids, then no, I won’t hesitate…”
With almost every mass shooting over the last ten years taking place in a so-called ‘Gun Free Zone’ — where armed citizens usually can not carry — we can only hope more people are able to follow Kramer’s approach.