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Editor’s note: Since the school shooting that killed 17 students and teachers two weeks ago in Parkland, Florida, a debate has erupted over whether to arm teachers and other staffers in schools to prevent future tragedies. Plenty of military veterans have weighed in on both sides, but few voices in the mainstream media have thought through what such a system would really look like. Here is one quick perspective on that, from a former Army officer.

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Jim Owens, a former Decatur police officer, teaches his students a lot more than how to shoot straight and load their weapons.

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Safety is paramount to every responsible gun owner. With that in mind, Zore, a Jerusalem-based startup company founded by a group of Israeli Defense Force veterans, has designed a gun storage system that prevents your firearm from being tampered with, but doesn’t impede your ability to neutralize threats quickly. And while it links to your smart phone, sounding alerts whenever the firearm is moved by someone else, the caliber-specific lock is mechanical. It’s a no-frills alternative to smart guns and other safety devices that rely on more complicated technology. There is, however, a catch: although it’s currently available for pre-order, the full package isn’t scheduled to ship until spring 2017. But, hey, good things come to those who wait, right?

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone

When it comes to gun safety in the home, there are smart ways to protect your loved ones and then are other ways that are less so. If your go-to weapon for home-defense is a .44 Magnum that you keep in your bedside table, you might want to rethink that. Know your target and what lies beyond it, right? If you’re trying to stop a bad guy from doing you harm, you can probably get the job done by using a smaller caliber weapon. You really don’t need a hand cannon that can punch through walls.

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