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Armed Teachers?

by: julie

Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:49:33 AM CST

(There has to be a better solution than "pistol packing principals..." - promoted by countrycat)

Many school boards are quietly discussing various ways and means to prevent more mass murderers from taking the lives of more American children.

Texas has already begun serious discussion of having armed, trained teachers as the first line of defense against a lone shooter. I say we need to temper safety with maintaining a normal environment and reasonable precautions. The chance of any school having a gunman go on a spree is undoubtedly smaller than its chance of getting hit by lightning.

 I think I have a better idea than armed teachers: let's wire the schools like banks with concealed panic buttons going directly to local police. Have a loud alarm go off, which would let everyone in every part of the building know what's happening. Have more than one button, and keep their locations unknown to the general public.

ABC produced a video together with VPC, where they give inexperienced to fairly experienced regular people a gun and a bit of training. Let's see how they do against a "lone gunman". The training is more than required by most states for a concealed carry permit.

There are also gunshot sensors available which have been in use by city PD's for some years now:



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seems like anything would be a better solution (4.00 / 1)

than "pistol packing principals."

I don't care much for some of Senator Holtzclaw's positions on other issues, but he's a retired Marine who taught marksmanship.  He makes the great point that the reason we train, train, train our police & military is that a "live fire" situation with an "active shooter" is a heck of a lot different than target shooting.

The people pushing the "armed school personnel" are, IMO, going for the easy and (what they perceive as) politically popular answer to a very difficult, complex problem.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

Under no circumstances... (4.00 / 1)

as an educator do I see any circumstances in which having either myself or my coworkers armed or given access to firearms would be a good idea.  Violence begets violence and the presence of firearms on campus makes our campus less secure.  I find it very interesting that there are Republican legislators across this country who are clamoring to give districts monies for weapons and training, but cant find the monies to give teachers raises or more resources to teach children.  If that happens here in AL I hope I see it first because I am going to publicly shame those responsible here on this site and any other medium I can find.


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