“‘Pakistan is already an extremely violent and volatile country. It needs de-weaponization on a national scale. Instead of performing its constitutional duties, the government is encouraging people to deal with violence through violence. It only proves one thing: the state has failed,’ said Islamabad-based analyst Abdul Agha.” That’s one theory [via dw.cm]. A theory which is failing to dissuade Pakistanis from tooling-up in the face of terrorists, including arming its teachers. Like this . . .
The authorities of Pakistan’s Bacha Khan University, which was attacked by Islamic militants on June 20, were initially reluctant to reopen the campus for security concerns. [ED: The year before, Islamists stormed an army-run school in the provincial capital Peshawar, killing over 140 students.]
The university, located in the country’s northwest, had lost more than 20 of its students and teachers in the assault, and the Taliban insurgents had threatened to target it again. According to the university administration, the government hadn’t offered much help to secure the campus, and that there hasn’t been a major breakthrough in capturing the attackers . . .
So when the Bacha Khan University reopened on Monday, February 15, management decided to take care security into its own hands. Just like in the aftermath of the Peshawar attacks, the university has now allowed its teachers to carry guns to protect both themselves and their students from any possible militant onslaught. Some pupils have even been seen holding weapons in the school across the province.
Here’s the kicker: “The government is encouraging schools to deal with their security issues.” In fact, the government is giving teachers a two-day training course and supplying them with firearms.
Could we ever see the day when American schools take a similar approach? We already have. Should terrorists/psychos attack our schools as they did in Peshawar or Chechnya, the practice would spread like wildfire. Meanwhile, Bush the Elder’s Gun Free School Zone Act.