Much has been said lately about arming teachers in the classroom. This idea is being touted by NRA gurus; citizens; in letters to the local papers; and even by our “esteemed” Arizona Attorney General. Their mantra is “If the good guy (a trained teacher) has a gun, he/she will prevail over the bad guy.”
Let’s take a look at this in depth: The bad guy shows up on campus holding an AR-15 with a 30-round clip locked and loaded. He is wearing body armor (most of these crazies seem to), and since it has been broadcast everywhere, he knows one person in the school is packing heat, this will be his first target. He probably has done his research and he knows who has a weapon.
When the “trained” teacher who is the target is alerted (how?) that a mass murderer is in the building, what is his/her first response? Put yourself in their place. Most people I know couldn’t hit a man more than 30 feet away with a pistol, especially if the bad guy is wearing a bullet proof vest and pointing an automatic weapon toward them.
I am reminded of the scene in “Pulp Fiction” where the guy empties his .357 at Samuel Jackson and John Travolta, hitting nothing but the wall; after which the two empty their pistols into the shooter.
Sadly, there is no single correct answer to preventing the murder of people/children by crazed men (so far no women). We should be looking for multiple solutions, but I don’t believe putting pistols in the hands of “trained” teachers is the sole answer. I’m not opposed to it, but I’m doubtful of how effective this would be.
In my opinion, neither assault rifles nor high capacity magazines are covered under the Second Amendment and sales of these to non-military personnel should be halted ... but that’s only my opinion. There is a whole lot of money involved in the sale of such weapons ... NRA president Wayne LaPierre makes a million dollars a year, plus expenses. The gun merchants, including our very own largest employer in America, Walmart, sells thousands of these assault rifles annually, and the gun manufacturers have their army of lobbyists to ensure the bucks continue to roll in.
Most of you have children and grandchildren; you have a vested interest in this issue. Who is looking out for the children ... really?