The shooting in Uvalde, Texas that took place this May rocked our nation. Whether you're on the left or the right, pro-gun or anti-gun, apolitical, moderate, or whatever, no one can say they heard that news story and felt nothing.

Then, the shootings came to us in Iowa. At Cornerstone Church in Ames, two people were killed by a shooter, and less than a month ago at Maquoketa Caves State Park, three family members were murdered by a gunman.

The reaction that has taken place in order to try to fix this problem -- particularly in schools -- has been quite varied from a governmental standpoint, but it doesn't appear that much has changed.

One school district in Iowa is taking the matter into its own hands.

According to KCCI, "The Spirit Lake School Board approved a plan on Monday to arm 10 staff members. Those staff members would undergo training to be allowed to take part in the program."

This is what Spirit Lake Schools Superintendent David Smith said in a statement to Explore Okoboji:

Having this policy in place serves as a deterrent for anyone who might consider entering our schools with the intent to do harm. ... The enhanced safety policy will supplement the other safety features the district has in place, including, but not limited to, locked doors, security cameras, additional mental health supports, and a district resource officer. The district will also continue to utilize its comprehensive safety plan, provide staff and students with age appropriate training, and review other safety measures that add additional layers of security to its facilities.

The Iowa Firearms Coalition released a statement regarding the move, sharing its full support for the district. Here's a piece of what IFC President Dave Funk said:

The Spirit Lake School Board clearly loves their children enough to ensure, should tragedy strike, a threat can be addressed. We strongly encourage all other Iowa school districts to follow in the footsteps of Spirit Lake. Our children are worth protecting.

There was no information about the decision on Spirit Lake Schools' social media pages at the time this article was written.

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