One of the great things about blogging: all our posts stay active. Fresh comments to old articles bubble-up to the surface like a bottle of champagne uncorked from the Titantic’s resting place. An educator (code-named PC) found a two-year old query. I’ve elevated his response to Question of the Day: Are Armed Teachers the Answer to Spree Shooters? because it’s an important issue (still) and Dick Heller told me last night that he’s focusing his efforts on campus carry, where victories are coming fast and furious (so to speak). Here’s PC’s take of teaching in a gun-free environment like, say, the NRA Convention . . .
“I have been a teacher for over 13 years and have taught at some of the worst inner-city schools, but currently have been at a suburban school district for some time. I also am a CCW permit holder and have been trained in defense tactics. There is only one area of my life in which I do not feel safe… school!!
We had metal detectors in the inner-city. Students let students in through back doors. Are we going to man every entry way in a school? Consider the school your son or daughter goes. How many entry ways (doors, windows, etc.) are there? Can you feasibly man them all?
The answer is no. How many times have we heard a teenager lazily say “I could just kill him” and it is obvious there is no seriousness behind their words. So we will now take anyone who says anything remotely violent and have them seek counseling? Another interesting strategy, but you would have 1/3 of the school population in the counselor’s office.
Also, if some students realize I can get out of math class today by saying “I could hurt you”, some will. However the real problem is that a small group of people in the world do wish harm on others. If you completely disarm the large group that doesn’t mean to do any harm, they become sheep for the slaughter.
Do I want to pull the trigger on anyone (including a teenager)? Absolutely not. If it means saving myself, my family or others in my care (such as my classroom of students), I would in a heartbeat.
The only problem is, the government won’t allow me to protect those who are in my care. In parting, if a student decides to come armed to my school and tear up the place, I have only one thing to say…. we could have minimized the tragedy, but the government wouldn’t let us.”