The GOP bad idea express continues: guns in schools

What could possibly go wrong?:

We don’t want to send our kids to school to be shot by a madman. But we don’t want to send them to school to be accidentally shot by the janitor, either. Guns on campus should be in the hands of law enforcement personnel, period.

Yeah, but law enforcement personnel cost money. Why spend money if you don't have to? Besides, law enforcement personnel are part of the big government conspiracy to take away our freedoms. Much better to rely on somebody who hasn't been indoctrinated by the state to protect our children.


No room for mistakes

I went through a few hostage rescue training courses back in the day. Enough to give me a fairly good idea of how crazy these situations can be, and how even extremely well-trained people can make mistakes. I didn't pull the trigger when the silhouette of a child popped up in a window or a doorway, but I came close a few times. I noticed quite a few holes in them, too.

It's not a job just anybody can step into.

Well... could open up a whole new private industry for companies like Blackwater or Xe or whatever. School mercenaries provided by private companies awarded juicy contracts from their buds in office and while they're there they could keep an eye out for potential guests for the privately run prison systems...

I teach

and we have an armed officer at our school. They come in handy but seldom have to do anything involving restraint, much less use their weapons. They do use their handcuffs or mace from time to time. He wasn't much good the day (a few years ago) I was trying to break up a two on one fight, pulling one off and trying to pin him to the ground. I was on the floor for what seemed like 15 minutes. I had no idea that a knife was involved at the time. The leo was busy directing traffic, all the administrators were at morning duties far from our hall, and there was only one other male on the hall. The other male teacher got the knife, students restrained the other two combatants and I was spent before 8am.

That situation is much more normal than the mass shootings that occur at school. How would staff members being armed have benefited in that situation? I can't see how it could have. Rather I think it could have taken a very bad situation and made it much, much worse. A law enforcement officer at school with a gun, yes, staff members with guns, no way.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

This has more to do with politics

than it does with keeping children safe. The move towards stronger restrictions on gun availability in the wake of Newtown is one of the top issues being discussed, and this "arming teachers" thing is the NRA's escape valve.

It doesn't matter if it makes sense or not, as long as it gets you reelected.

This is a horrible idea and proof positive that

the N.R.A. really stands for Neanderthal. Republican. Assholes.

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