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?


Why American English Has a Better Case to Be Considered Standard English than British English.

February 13, 2018

The BBC — an organization which takes language exceptionally seriously — published a piece “How the Americans Preserved British English”. In it, the author posits that there are isolated populations in America that pronounce words more closely to the way they were in Shakespearean England than the British currently do. And that Americans, in general, are more […]

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How Do Evangelicals Get from Jesus to Trump?

January 29, 2018

Why do evangelicals want bakers to be able to deny gay couples wedding cake? They say it is their ‘sincerely held religious belief’. And as justification, they point to biblical verses saying homosexuals are an abomination — or words to that effect. But the same book has laundry lists of other things that are abominations and deserve punishment […]

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Reefer Madness: Jeff Sessions Restarts the War on Marijuana.

January 7, 2018

Jeff Sessions announced that he is turning back the clock on America’s pot policy. He rescinded the “Cole Memo” issued by then-Deputy AG Jim Cole in 2013 outlining the Obama Administration’s decision to leave marijuana laws up to the states – with exceptions for drug cartels and minors. We don’t know yet what Sessions decision will mean for state […]

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Is the GOP’s Latest Sadism (aka the Obamacare Repeal Effort) Dead?

September 22, 2017

The Cassidy/Graham bill, the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare is godawful. So vile that few Republicans have spoken well about it. And the few that have, had to lie to support their laughable point of view. There is little evidence that the majority of Republican Senators even know what’s in it. Certainly, there has been no debate […]

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DACA Divides Republicans. Even Trump Is Waffling.

September 6, 2017

Marco Rubio doesn’t want to craft a DACA bill unless he knows whether Donald Trump will sign it or not. More, he wants Trump to provide guidance.  That isn’t the way government is supposed to work. Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution – the very first sentence – tells Congresspeople to get off their ass: “All […]

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From Prayer to “Piss Off”, Evangelicals React to Harvey.

August 29, 2017

  When a hurricane hits God’s country, you can be sure that his fan club will be fired up and spreading the Word. Sure enough, as Harvey hit Houston, Christian leaders were extolling the virtue of prayer and cash. I have to say that I don’t remember the same enthusiasm for addressing death and destruction when Sandy […]

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Really? 7.19.17. Healthcare on Life Support; Trump whines; Asset Forfeiture; Trump’s Magic Math.

July 19, 2017

Donald Trump: Repeal, replace, repeal, repeal, replace. Donald Trump demanded that the Senate repeal and replace Obamacare until it became apparent that it couldn’t. So then he demanded that the Senate just repeal it. Until it became clear it couldn’t do that either. Now Trump’s back to repeal and replace  – or no one is […]

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Trump Promises Stuff Again

April 23, 2017

This Wednesday is a day of great consequence in Donald Trump’s mind. It is the day – he announced Friday – on which he would unveil his magnificent, biggest ever, tax plan. Sadly, his staff and the grunts at Treasury, who would have to actually write the program, were caught off guard by Trump’s impetuous grandiosity. […]

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