(Perps+Guns) + (Teachers+Guns)=Lots of things with holes in them, hopefully not people
And the recent spate of school gun incidents just keeps on a-comin':
A 13-year-old student wearing a black trenchcoat and carrying an assault rifle walked into a school today and opened fire.
The boy, who was not identified, pointed the gun at two other students as he entered Memorial Middle School in Joplin, Missouri, and was confronted by an administrator, who tried to talk him into putting down the Mac-90 assault rifle, said Joplin police spokesman Lt. Geoff Jones.
The administrator, Assistant Superintendent Steve Doerr, told the student: “You don’t have to do this, there is another way,” Superintendent Jim Simpson said.
But the boy refused to put the gun down and fired one shot into the ceiling before Doerr managed to call police.
The boy kept trying to fire, but the rifle jammed, police said. The student then left the building, followed by another administrator. Police arrived shortly after and arrested the boy as he crouched behind a nearby building.
No one was injured.
Apparently, this kid had instructions for making bombs and a diagram of the school in his backpack, so they completely evacuated the school and searched it from top to bottom, just to make sure.
Interestingly, the governor of Missouri, aka "The Boy King," was in Joplin at the time. So he allegedly stated that he thought perhaps teachers should have the ability to be armed on school campuses.
Y'know, I AM armed. Got two of 'em, in fact. Plus "Mad Martial arts skillz."
Way back on August 18, 2005, I wrote about whether teachers should be armed. Let me just repost part of my argument:
One should use a gun when one wants to use the greatest amount of force to resolve a situation, not the least amount. Having teachers carry weapons would be a mistake, for a number of reasons.
1. Most people with access to weapons, being reasonable, law-abiding citizens, hesitate to pull the trigger, but they don’t hesitate to pull the gun out, hoping that the perpetrator will be dissuaded by the mere sight of a weapon. Instead, what happens all too often is that the weapon then gets taken away from them after a violent game of “chicken.” So now the perp has TWO weapons. And if he’s really determined, there’s already a dead or wounded “hero” on the ground– because the perp is NOT a reasonable, law-abiding citizen with deep, unacknowledged doubts about his own ability to use violence. We cannot assume that most teachers really have the will to kill, if necessary. That’s why we’re teachers, not cops.
2. Oh, but killing isn’t necessary, you say. Just shoot to disable or wound. But most people don’t have the training to do this, and they know it. Even the police have a less-than-perfect record at this, which is why both cops and civilians hesitate to pull the trigger in the first place, as mentioned previously– reasonable people know and recoil from the permanent consequences of sending that projectile irrevocably down that barrel.
As my gun-loving Uncle taught me when he taught me how to use a gun, “Honey, if you pull out your weapon against some threat, you need to know you’re going to use it, and use it until it’s empty.”
And even if teachers were willing to do so, we don’t have hours a week to spend training ourselves to become this skilled– we’re already drowning in a plethora of tasks just to try to educate our students.
Putting more weapons on campus is not the way to solve the problem of weapons on campus. It would be nice to think that the knowledge that teachers might be armed might prevent some of these crimes, but I don't think it would work that neatly. And this type of solution wouldn't have saved the young Amish girls, either.
I do know for a fact that having the Chief Good Ole Boy down the hallway packin' heat would make me feel FAR LESS safe, though.