So you would like to see teachers walking around with assault weapons slung over their shoulders. Your focus is on the idea that those teachers would shoot the killer.
You’re overlooking several aspects of the issue.
What could possible go wrong when we give teachers assault rifles? Because teachers are never disgruntled, never stressed, never frustrated to such a level that they might lose it. Right?
I dare anyone, right here and now, to claim that you have never ever, in your entire adult life, seen red to the point that you’d literally like to shoot someone. Have you never in a public situation like a school, restaurant, workplace or the movies, wherever, yelled at someone, or stormed out, and had that feeling of to hell with the consequences?
Your answer–unless you are a saint–is no. Now imagine yourself in that same situation, but you just happen to have your semi-automatic assault rifle hanging from your shoulder that day.
Okay, maybe you have truly never had one of those to-hell-with-everything moments. Good for you. And sure, everyone–except you–has had murdering thoughts, but most people don’t act on them. I just think that line is a whole lot more easily crossed if you’re wearing a deadly weapon over your shoulder. And even if you fully trust yourself, can you vouch for your colleagues, your fellow students, the other people in the restaurant or movie theater?
I suspect that there were probably several students at the university where I was a teaching assistant for two semesters who would have wanted to kill me because of the grade I gave them. But they didn’t because they didn’t have their guns on them at the time.
Another thing is that it’s easier for someone toting guns to walk into a school unnoticed if armed people are already a normal sight in schools.
In fact, why would a killer even bother to bring his own guns? He could just walk in and tear the semi-assault rifle off the shoulder of an unsuspecting teacher in passing.
And let’s remember that we are talking about institutes of learning. The last few times I was at Schiphol airport, there were security guards standing around with assault rifles. It made me feel like I was in a war zone. Is that the environment you want your children to grow up in? Do you want them to grow up thinking there’s nothing odd about singing the ABC’s with their gun-toting teacher?
And finally, would you want your kids to be taught by the kind of person who doesn’t have a problem walking around with a semi-automatic assault rifle?
Give me your thoughts.
I will have more to say about the civilian arms race in relation to the movie Red Dawn in my next post.