Reading, writing and right to bear arms

- January 9th, 2013

If teachers carrying guns is as crazy a notion as many liberal commentators think, how do you explain hundreds of teachers taking the opposite view?

Categories: Foreign affairs, Government, Public Safety, United States

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2 comments

  1. Tim says:

    Those are the ones who are just as paranoid and crazy as the rest. How long until someone suggests arming the kids, too? You never know with these gun nuts. Some enterprising manufacturer will be making child-sized semi-automatic handguns designed for the 5-10 year old age group. Or do they already exist?

    A nut case will find a way to kill before he is killed. No amount of arming everyone to the teeth will prevent it. How about making it more difficult to own high-kill and concealable weapons? Nobody with a knife is going to kill many people before he is taken down by someone with a chair.

  2. Graham says:

    Well, you should have met some of my high school teachers. Handed a screwdriver, they could burn down a building. Not people who should have firearms.

    But the basic issue is this: teachers don’t need guns because schools aren’t dangerous. There are 50,000,000 American kids in school, K-12. Over the past 30 years, the average number shot at school (or on their way to school, or at a school-related activity) per year has been about 10. Add in other murders and it’s maybe 50% more than that. I realize some schools are worse than others but, on the whole, school is about the safest place a child can be. The anti-gun lobby says schools are dangerous, so take away the guns. The NRA says schools are dangerous, so arm teachers. But they’re both wrong. Schools aren’t dangerous. A teacher needs a sidearm about as much as the average person needs to carry around a snakebite kit.

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