December 16th, 2012

Oath Keepers to Provide Teachers With Free Self-Defense and Firearms Training

Oath Keepers, a national association of over 20,000 military, police, and first responders, is offering free instruction in self defense, including the use of firearms and other tools of self-defense, to all teachers and school staff in the United States.   This initiative is in response to the recent tragic mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.   The volunteer instructors will be drawn from the member rolls of Oath Keepers in each state.   Those instructors will be paired up with any teachers and school staff in the same state who contact Oath Keepers and request instruction.

The organization pledges to keep their identity confidential, but will also offer group lessons or to come to the school to teach the staff on-site.   Topics will include crime awareness and crisis minset training on how to effectively respond (and especially focused on mass-shootings), use of blunt objects and improvised objects for self-defense, use of knives, use of pepper spray, empty-hand defensive tactics (such as are taught in military combatives), and methods of disarming an attacker who is armed with guns or knives, as well as use of firearms.  The first responders within the organization are being asked to volunteer to teach emergency first aid for serious trauma, including gunshot and knife wounds.

Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes, issued a statement:

Children deserve to be defended.  And the teachers and staff who are responsible for children during the school day deserve to know how to defend them – effectively, decisively, and at the very outset of an attack.   And they deserve a fighting chance to defend themselves as well.  It is not enough to tell them to sit tight and wait for the police to arrive.  All too often, by the time the police get there, it is too late.

Teachers and school administrative staff need the tools and training to put a stop to the killing themselves.   We have a duty to provide that training.  Many of our members within Oath Keepers have substantial training and experience from their time in the military, police services, and service as first responders.   Many of our members also have substantial training in both armed and unarmed self-defense methods from their continued study after service, or in addition to the training received while in service.  We are calling on them to step up and volunteer their time, at no charge to the teachers and school staff, to pass on that vital, valuable knowledge.

Oath keepers is compiling a list of volunteer instructors in each state, that teachers and staff can select from.  When a teacher or staff member contacts us, we will provide them with the contact information for the volunteer instructors in their area.  They can then contact those instructors, and their identity will  be kept strictly confidential.  All instructors will sign a written confidentiality agreement to not disclose the identity of any teachers or staff who seek out instruction unless, and until they secure written permission from that particular student.   The default will be complete confidentiality and non-disclosure of the identity of those seeking training, out of respect for their privacy.

However, if a school district or school faculty desires to have group instruction, or on-site instruction, that too will be available.

Stay tuned, and check back, for more details on the volunteer instructor program.

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48 Responses to “Oath Keepers to Provide Teachers With Free Self-Defense and Firearms Training”

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    Glen Saunders Says:

    Excellent work. I hope our administrators/educators take advantage of this training. Our children deserve it.

    Semper Fidelis

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    Glen Maine Says:

    I’m going to do my best to make this go viral it’s an excellent idea. I’m going to start because that will reach millions as people start to share it. I’ll also be sending it to my school district and each individual school in my district.

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    jsrroger Says:

    God bless you! What a wonderful idea…thank you so much!

    We should know our true defense and protection comes from the great patriots who guard our country daily.

    My daughter is a teacher and I am sending this to her!

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    Ben Everett Says:

    Hey, are the classes open to the rest of us too? Or are teachers and administrators a new class of “Only Ones” to be trained?

    STEWART: That’s not the point. The point is to address this immediate need. If an instructor in your state wants to teach you for free, even though you are not a teacher, that is up to them. If they want to charge you, or you want to pay them, again, that is up to you and them.

    People have limited time and resources. We are asking our members to donate some of their time and resources to teach the teachers and school staff so we can address this particular need. This is our way of helping to make sure such mass killings in schools are put to an end, while also working to change any and all laws that impede the ability of the teachers and staff to defend the children.

    We are asking them to volunteer their time. When I taught unpaid, volunteer rape prevention and street crime survival at UNLV, I taught the general public. Some of our volunteers may be willing to do the same. It will be up to them. – Stewart]

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    Austrian Economics is Color Blind Says:

    Better to just end the unconstitutional public school system.

    Let’s not arm MORE state workers. Arming the state’s propagandists will make it harder to defend our liberties, since it fits nicely with their narrative that the state should have a monopoly on force.

    I think it would be pretty easy to game your well-meaning offer by switching in more hard core Marxists to accept free firearms training.

    Children need to be protected, but they need to be protected from the state as well.

    Remember that the public school system is one of the planks of Communism.

    [RESPONSE FROM STEWART: Funny you should say that. In all the years I taught rape prevention and street crime survival at UNLV, and then again at Yale, most of my students were leftist students and professors (gee, what a surprise!). And that was exactly the point - I was able to change their minds about the right of self-defense and even about guns because I approached it from the perspective of teaching them how to stop or avoid rape. That is something they were in favor of, and were most "militant" about, and by NOT emphasizing guns up front, but only discussing them among a spectrum of tools of self defense, and while putting awareness and mindset first, I was able to get past their preconceived notions about crime, guns, self-defense, etc. And many of them walked away with their minds changed when it came to guns. I do not forsake them, and assume they are incurable enemies of liberty, just as I do not forsake all the "conservatives" who were brainwashed by the Neocons during the Bush years. Teach them all about the Constitution. We have a chance, and a duty, to step up and teach the teachers and staff the reality of what they will face if a crazed attacker comes into their school armed with a gun, a knife, a machete, a sword, whatever. And we have a responsibility to present solutions that do not involve destruction of the Bill of Rights. If you want to be a libertarian purist and refuse to help, that is your choice. I choose to make a difference in their understanding, and thus counter the propaganda of the Federal government. Just as the powers that be don't want us reaching out to the military and police, they also don't want us reaching out to the teachers. I prefer to do what my enemies really, really, don't want me to do. ;) Stewart ]

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    Austrian Economics is Color Blind Says:

    Looks like I incorrectly read that Oath Keepers would be arming teachers.

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    Carla Giampaglia Says:

    Great stuff. Glad to see OK’s stepping up to assume this role for our educators.

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    jim meyer Says:

    I would like to volunteer to assist in training any school personnel in the use of firearm. zipcode 60661.

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    Ben Everett Says:

    Stewart, I apologize. I failed to engage my brain prior to engaging my fingers to my touch screen. That said, how can I help try to prevent things from going further downhill?

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    Jules Says:

    This is a very good step in the right directions……Kudos to OK’s!

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