There’s a lot of solutions to the shooting in Newtown tragedy being bantered about. All the gun grabbers are using it to go after all guns and ammo. All the Gun Nuts (Myself included) are defending the 2nd amendment rights and pushing the mental health/crime and punishment solutions. One potential solution is to arm teachers. At first I thought this was a good idea. I have some second thoughts. Not that I disagree with the thought totally.
Arming the teachers: So we decide that allowing teachers to carry arms in school is a way to prevent tragedy like Newtown. There’s NO DOUBT that if a couple of teachers were armed the body count would be less or it wouldn’t have happened at all. Anyone who argues that fact is ignorant to the point of brain dead.
We decide to allow teachers to carry in school: We have thousands of teachers going to get a handgun, training, permits and background checks, that’s Great. We also have several teachers who refuse to do it. That’s great too. If we ALLOW teachers to carry, rather than MANDATE them to carry. I’m good with it. I also want to make sure that PARENTS KNOW their kids teacher is armed and give parents the right to opt out. We also need to protect that ARMED teacher from future law suits.
Think about this scenario:
An armed teacher standing in front of her class, sees a gunman enter her room and open fire on the kids, 3 kids are hit before she unholsters and unloads 4 rounds. 3 of those rounds hit the murderer. One of those rounds bounces off a wall and kill a kid. Our media today will not focus on the 3 kids the murderer killed, it will be the ONE KID the teacher hit on the front page. There won’t be any discussion about how many children that teacher saved, it will be about why that teacher killed a kid.
We don’t look at what didn’t happen. We can’t measure that. The kid the teacher killed is just as dead as if the murderer did it. Reasonable people would understand the teacher is a hero and saved many kids. Liberals/gun grabbers/media would hold that teacher as an accomplice to the murderer.
To protect the teachers, waivers of some sort will need to be written. Teachers are not cops, cops deal with this a lot.IF they fire and kill an innocent they are raked over the coals for it. Hell, even if the “Innocent” is firing a gun at them they are scrutinized. Do teachers want that responsibility? Is it really a good idea to expect them to take that on?
All that being said, I’d send my kids to school with armed teachers in OTHER STATES. States like Texas, AZ, hell, anywhere in AMERICA. In CA? Um, no. Stupid is at epidemic proportions out here.
Your thoughts on arming the teachers?