Arming Teachers – Why It’s even Dumber than You Might Think.

by Pitt Griffin on February 24, 2018 · 0 comments

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Donald Trump has come down firmly on the side of arming teachers. Here’s a tweet:

….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!

“Very weapons talented teachers (and others)”? It’s an NRA wet dream. But does the scenario play out as the armchair Rambos envision? Hardly. Let’s consider the case of Amadou Diallo — an infamous NYC shooting and an object lesson of what happens when even trained cops are panicked.

Diallo was confronted by four NYPD detectives who had mistaken him for a serial rapist. Due to a series of unfortunate events, the cops fired 41 shots at Diallo, at close range, in a hallway. 19 of the shots hit him. 22 did not. A ‘hit rate’ of less than 50%. The bullets that missed ended up buried in walls, the floor, and the ceiling. Where would they have ended up in a school full of kids?

And let’s ask which guns are we going to arm the teachers with? Handguns? Can you imagine your teacher with a 9mm pistol facing down an insane shooter armed with an AR-15?

How many teachers think the solution to school shootings is arming themselves? People who enlist in the military are aware of the dangers. Cops know that part of the job is to carry a gun. But how many teachers join the profession with the idea they may have to start shooting people?

School shooters are insane. They are young men full of rage and testosterone — who either don’t care whether they live or die — or who don’t believe they are going to die. They know that a large number of armed police are going to be coming after them. So how are armed teachers a deterrent?

And what’s to stop them ‘up-armoring’? School shooters have shown the retail sense to buy guns — surely they can figure out that Walmart sells bulletproof vests? (Level IIIA $299 — ‘ ” Designed to defeat pistol caliber threats up to .44 magnum, and .357 SIG at 1,430FPS or lower, including all lesser pistol calibers.”)

For argument’s sake let’s say arming teachers is a deterrent. It does nothing to keep the AR-15 out of the hands of a madman. The Parkland shooter had his gun why wouldn’t he just pick another target? Say a school bus — or a supermarket parking lot? That’s where Gabby Giffords and 18 others were shot — leaving six dead. Note: that was in Arizona where presumably many in the crowd were armed.

And where is the money to weaponize teachers coming from? Trump suggest arming up to 20% of teachers. That’s 700,000 people. Buying them each a handgun is a $1 billion proposition. Then there’s the bullets and the training – both initial and ongoing.

Schools are already slashing budgets — cutting after-school programs, band, art, and sports — what else should they cut because politicians can’t be bothered to take action to keep guns out of the hands of madmen?

And lastly, consider this. Homes that have a gun are four times more likely to experience a shooting than homes that don’t have a gun. What rational person would argue that 700,000 guns in schools wouldn’t lead to shootings — accidental or otherwise?

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