Commonwealth Policy Center

School safety has been a big concern to Kentucky lawmakers. That’s why a bill to require school resource officers (SROs) to carry firearms easily passed. That may not have been a surprise considering Republicans are in charge. However, it surprised some that Gov. Andy Beshear signed the bill into law. Beshear said  “The threats to our children in our schools are very real. I simply cannot ask a school resource officer to stop an armed gunman entering a school without them having the ability to not only achieve this mission but also to protect themselves.” ” Beshear referenced a thwarted school shooting plot in Shelby County. Gun-control advocates may be unhappy with Beshear but he apparently realized the only thing gun-free school zones accomplish is to leave unarmed kids and teachers vulnerable.