More guns, less crime. Back in the day, John Lott’s stat-heavy thesis received a lot of attention. The People of the Gun went, duh. Gun control advocates went, nuh-uh. As the anti-gunners couldn’t deconstruct Lott’s facts or logic, they ignored his conclusions. They continued to insist that gun law liberalization recreates the [fictional] “Wild West,” with folks shooting shoot each other at the slightest provocation. Well what else would they say (as we learned from their recently leaked agitprop playbook). But no such thing has happened. Not when Florida restored its residents’ gun rights. And not in Illinois, where 15 county prosecutors told their long-suffering constituents they could carry a concealed weapon with a Firearms Owners Identification Card ahead of Illinois new carry laws. Arkansas is the anti-gunners’ latest trigger for the “rivers of blood” denunciation. Check this out . . .
A teacher feels “threatened” by a student and pulls the gun on the pupil just to defuse the perceived threat. Or the school employee cannot restrain him or herself and blows the kid’s brains out in front of a classroom full of terrified children. Or maybe, in self-defense, students wrestle a firearm away from the teacher who pulled it. Or there’s a meeting between school officials and the parents of a child receiving disciplinary action. Disagreement ensues. Things get intense. A packing assistant principal pulls out her heat.
I could go on with the “ors” all day long, but, mark my words, all hell will break loose in Clarksville, Ark., or one of the other places around the nation who think the best way to respond to school shootings is to arm teachers and other employees with guns after fifty-some odd hours of training.
It’s hard to believe writer Rocco Pendola didn’t stop to think for one second what might have happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School if one of the teachers had been armed when Adam Lanza walked in the door that fateful day. By the same token, a simple Google search of “armed teacher stops spree killer” would have turned up TTAG’s post-Newtown school shooting simulation, which demonstrated the concept’s lethal efficacy.
“The things have always terrified me,” Mr. Pendola writes in How Long Before All Hell Breaks Loose With Gun-Toting Clarksville, Ark. School Teachers? [via thestreet.com]. “Sort of like cocaine. Would never touch the stuff, but like swords and knives, I never had a problem with alcohol or marijuana.” And there you have it: another unarmed “intellectual” projecting his own fear—and fears of inadequacy—onto Americans determined to protect innocent life by force of arms.
Mark my words: as Chicago gradually increases the number of law-abiding citizens practicing concealed carry, their crime rate will go down—at a faster rate than it has in decades, and faster than cities of comparable size that have already liberalized their gun laws. And someday an armed teacher will take out an aspiring spree killer. What are the odds Mr. Pendola will highlight those stories?