Monday, August 18, 2008

Stop the insanity

A tiny Texas school district may be the first in the nation to allow teachers and staff to pack guns for protection when classes begin later this month, a newspaper reported.

Trustees at the Harrold Independent School District approved a district policy change last October so employees can carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings, provided the gun-toting teachers follow certain requirements.

In order for teachers and staff to carry a pistol, they must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun; must be authorized to carry by the district; must receive training in crisis management and hostile situations and have to use ammunition that is designed to minimize the risk of ricochet in school halls.

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So many of our youth are absolutely fantastic, so many just want to do the best they can. So many are at school just to learn and make a few friends. The biggest majority are in school for the best reasons!
Unfortunately there are the minute amount that see taking out a classroom of peers as their only shot at whatever the goal is. Their peers are sitting ducks with clipped wings. Lets not leave out the great teachers that push the youth to learn, push push push because they know these kids are capable of so much more than the school system asks. These teachers end up as targets too.

If the teachers are allowed to have good training, I am so willing for my tax dollars to pay for it. These few nut jobs that waltz in packed with weapons for no other reason than to kill have zero reason to fear retaliation while in progress of their horror fantasy. If I know that the teachers can stop it dead on, how many nutters are going to think twice? Thrice?

Teachers are not normal. They LOVE these masses of children given to them 8 hours a day. Talk about dedication, cause it sure aint about pay! The last thing they would do is actively harm the students (outside of the nutters that make it into their ranks through lies and beguiling). I can't see them shooting to kill an attacker, but to stop them from killing the innocent kids in the class room? Absolutely. Not even to kill the attacker. Really, I see this as nothing but a good defense to the cowards coming after the ones they know are not able to defend themselves.

Look at Florida. When the gun ban was on crime rose over three times from the year before. Gun ban lifted and the criminals knew their next mark could possibly be protected. Crime fell to levels lower than before the ban.

The problematic thinking here is that people actually believe that criminals care about registering their guns and will abide by the laws. Look at the UK and Australia. Private gun ownership became severely limited and violent crime rose. When guns become harder to get, they turned to knives. Now they want to ban knives...what next? If someone wants to harm another person they can use a high heeled shoe. Shall we ban them too?

The proof is shown in Florida, once the concealed ban was lifted crooks knew they could be facing deadly retaliation and crime fell.

As far as I see it, this would prove true in schools. If these punks who felt so slighted knew the Prof could fire back, I doubt they would feel so free to waltz in and start a new armageddon in social studies.

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