The fact that some people actually argue that the best response to the gunning down of innocent school children is more guns in the hands of teachers absolutely terrifies me.
First of all, trained officers with guns were on the premises and unable to stop the shooter at Columbine High School, so . . . there’s that.
But besides this fact, every piece of data I’ve read confirms an unintended shooting of a loved one is statistically more likely than actually protecting your home. It would stand to reason that accidents are more likely than successful warding off of would-be school shooters in schools as well. Certainly, the teachers that accidentally shot themselves while at school in Utah and in Idaho earlier this school year do not bode well for the success of this”arm the teachers” plan.
Simultaneously amuse and horrify yourself fellow teachers: At your next faculty meeting, when someone is saying something so unbelievably, stupefyingly short-sighted, ill-advised, and/or unintelligent (and you and I both know that s/he will) ponder working up the hall from them… whist they are armed.
And if you can get past your horror, realize the whole plan is more than a little insulting, given our current circumstances. They can’t pay us a professional wage or give any paid professional development. (I’m paying for conferences out-of-pocket, anyway…you?) But they’ll suggest finding money to arm us? Nice.
Plus, teachers are already so over worked, so overburdened… I mean seriously. During a fire drill I am just lucky to get the little green card in the window. There are days I can’t find the stack of 120 copies I just made and you want me to be responsible for a 9mm Smith and Wesson? No thanks.
Not that I’m in denial that something needs to change. There have been nearly 100 school shootings since Sandy Hook. The fact that the school shootings aren’t even news-worthy anymore is almost as sad as the shootings themselves.
Anyway, whilst surfing the various social interwebs this holiday, I came across the following video. I can understand if some people find celebrity “campaigns” normally annoying, but I think this one is worth the 1:23.
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I’m so with you on this. I will definitely leave the classroom if I’m required to bring a gun to do my job. Amazing that it is our 1st amendment right to have a gun. America can do so much better. I also saw Chris Rock speak about how many threats he got for being involved in this campaign…. he said he thought about buying a gun because he had never received such hate mail etc—- funny not……