Although voluntarily armed teachers are a logical solution to school shootings, liberals disagree. While politicians and people on both sides of the debate are fighting over the idea, one Indiana veteran has decided to take matters into his own hands.
Army veteran Mark Cowan of Fort Wayne, Indiana, isn’t going to take any more chances regarding the children in his local school district. While the nation’s leaders are busy fighting one another over school security and armed teachers, Cowan has stepped up and taken matters into his own hands.
In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Cowan immediately felt compelled to do something. Instead of ignoring his instincts, he chose to take action. He has decided to make it his personal mission to protect the students and staff at North Side High School.
Cowan found “a spot just off of school property and is standing guard over a high school with an AR-15 and pistol,” according to Blue Lives Matter. The location is ideal considering it’s off the school property but not too far away to ward off anyone who is a threat. Despite what liberals would think about his choice, he knows what is necessary to keep children safe at the school.
Cowan has been in contact with the local police department and the school’s security officer. He has since declared that he will stay in his spot until the school district puts additional security measures in place.
Cowan is a member of an organization known as the Oath Keepers, a group that actively works to recruit current and former military and first responders to prepare for the hostile takeover of local governments by the federal government or a foreign government. Although some may think these individuals are a bit paranoid, Cowan’s intentions are to protect the staff and children at the school. In fact, other members of Oath Keepers are currently discussing the possibility of standing guard at other schools in the area.
Since hearing about Cowan’s brave actions, Fort Wayne Community Schools Spokesperson Krista Stockman has shared a statement. “We take the security of our schools very seriously,” the statement reads, according to WANE-TV. “We understand he has a right to be out there, but we do not believe it adds to the safety of our students. At North Side, as at all of our schools, we have security procedures in place. In addition, at North Side, we have armed police officers in the building every day.”
Although some people on social media have expressed outrage over Cowan’s actions, many others were glad that someone has decided to step up.
“GOD bless Mark Cowan, he is an Oath Keeper, currently standing for Ft. Wayne High. Many like him care about the students and faculty in our schools. Students have been in fear and confusion after the shootings across our country. Don’t tear down people for caring. Please don’t do that,” one social media user wrote.
GOD bless Mark Cowan, he is an Oath Keeper, currently standing for Ft. Wayne High.Many like him care about the…
“Great idea,” one Facebook user said about Cowen’s choice to protect the children at the North Side High School.
“Bless anyone willing to protect our children,” another stated.
Protecting the children of our nation should be our country’s greatest concern. The best way to ensure they aren’t harmed is to allow a certain number of adept teachers, who volunteer to do so, to be armed. Of course, these teachers would be carrying concealed to protect the students from any possible threats that walk in the door until law enforcement arrives.
While our nation argues over this concept, it’s remarkable that Mark Cowan has stepped up to protect these students in Indiana should something happen before any other action is taken to protect them.