Purdue research shows benefit to having guns in schools

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) – There are dozens of presenters at the NRA Convention in Indianapolis this weekend.

Among those presenting, is the director of Purdue University’s Homeland Security Institute, Eric Dietz. By using a special threat assessment computer program, created by researchers at Purdue, they’ve come up with a way to look at the issue of guns in schools scientifically.

“We want to educate the policy makers and the parents and citizens around the schools to try to make the best decision possible and make the best use of our limited tax dollars to secure us in the most advantageous way,” said Dietz.

Dietz says according to the research, there are benefits to having guns in schools.

“At least in the case of the active shooter, our data shows it could be a lot safer with a few guns around that are there to help the police in a very constructive and measured way,” said Dietz.

According to the research, having a school resource officer improved response time by 80 percent, as opposed to just waiting for police. They also found that casualties would be cut by 2/3 if a school resource officer had a gun in school during an active shooter situation.

Purdue hopes this research will be used to inform the debate around policies concerning guns in schools.

“This is definitely an emotional event,” said Dietz. “As soon as we say guns and schools together it’s a very difficult discussion and what we’re trying to do, or what we’re trying to offer, is an ability to have a little more constructive conversation about understanding the threats and the benefits of putting the two together.”

Purdue says they still need to spend more time studying white space, or the time when there’s not an active shooter, to see the risks of having guns in schools during those times.

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