In the aftermath of the Newton Connecticut massacre—where “first responders” first responded some twenty-minutes after eye-witnesses told them a spree killer was murdering teachers, administrators and children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School—I’m not sure it could be any more obvious that teachers should be packing heat. How anyone could miss that point is beyond me. In fact, it’s such an easy intellectual “leap” that I’ve been thinking about open carry. Shouldn’t educators openly display a firearm? Open carry would deter madmen, reassure children and normalize guns; teaching our off-spring a valuable lesson about self-defense and, thus, self-reliance. I contacted a national open carry org that shall remain nameless as asked them about OC for teachers. They wouldn’t go on record on the subject. “Not now,” they demurred. But when is it a good time to have that conversation?