Should we really be placing more guns in our schools by arming all of the teachers?
Arming teachers, as proposed by President Trump, is the stupidest idea since King Canute tried to turn back the waves.
It is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest in your underwear and makes about as much sense.
Teachers are trained to be teachers. It is a noble profession and they are not known for becoming marksmen on the side. They leave the real shooting to the cops and the army. It’s like asking a plumber to be an accountant too.
JUST IN: President Trump suggests "a little bit of a bonus" for trained teachers who are armed. pic.twitter.com/hvxCX3VcgS— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 22, 2018
The first great teacher was Confucius in 561 BC or thereabouts. He didn’t have a gun carry permit as far as know.
He did say, “real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.” President Trump might well learn something from that.
If Trump really thought about his proposition he would find that surveys have shown that even police officers with hundreds of hours of training miss their target more than 50 percent of the time—and most of those shootings are at a range of just three feet. Some jurisdictions had only a 25 percent hit rate.
....immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
....If a potential “sicko shooter” knows that a school has a large number of very weapons talented teachers (and others) who will be instantly shooting, the sicko will NEVER attack that school. Cowards won’t go there...problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
Now imagine the overburdened school teacher, preparing for class, correcting papers, completing a timetable, suddenly facing off against a lunatic with a semi-automatic firing 30 rounds in ten seconds. As he/she reaches for his or her’s trusty derringer hidden in their drawer, the killer will have loosed off about 100 shots.
If the shooter does not get the teacher the SWAT team rushing into the building, who will likely see only a person with a gun, will surely kill him or her stone dead.
It is also a fact that said teacher is as likely to hit a child rather than the gunman, given the mass confusion.
“I want my schools protected just like I want my banks protected,” the president said.
1)Banks hire guards. They don’t arm their tellers.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 22, 2018
2) Schools aren’t banks.
3) This always is the gun industry’s answer: More guns.
It is a prevailing NRA fantasy shared by gullible gun owners that armed teachers will stop a semi-automatic carrying, suicide-driven mad person.
It is as likely as hitting a hole in one in the dark or a three-pointer from the parking lot. The NRA is laughing all the way to the bank on that one.
Trump, as usual, is using empty swagger to prove his complete bullshit point.
He has probably watched too many old westerns where Annie got her gun, or Jimmy Stewart was the heroic last man standing.
November 22, 1963 - President Kennedy Assassinated
March 30, 1981 - President Reagan and 3 others shot
Only if we had armed teachers protecting these men instead of teams of highly trained Secret Service officers...
Right, President Trump?— Brian Krassenstein? (@krassenstein) February 22, 2018
In Trump’s mind, it is always High Noon and time for a crisis.
Alas, with school shootings he appears to be carrying out the usual slapdash policy completely independent from reality.
Sad, as he might say himself.
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