Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Guns in schools

With all the talk lately of guns in schools (some of it due to the OR teacher fighting for what should be assumed rights), there's a lot of talk out there about why they aren't a good idea:

Students will find them. If a teacher keeps his/her gun on his/her person, s/he shouldn't have to worry about a student finding it.
What about crossfire? A teacher firing back increases the odds of hitting an unintended target, perhaps, but only if the teacher doesn't wait for a clean shot. Also, if someone's dead set on killing folks, s/he needs to be taken down. More lives are risked by waiting than are risked by firing back.
What if the student takes it from the defending teacher? The odds of a student being able to take away a gun are pretty low, especially if the teacher has chosen to deploy the weapon.
Teachers aren't supposed to fight, but to teach. Well, there's certainly a little truth to this one, but we don't live in a utopia. You can't teach the dead, so you'd better protect the living.

Feel free to disagree with me, but I think that incidents could be stopped quickly if a few armed people were available, rather than having a "weapon-free" environment.


Bob S. said...

Great post, have you thought about seeing if "wheredidtheguncomefrom.com will post it?

Absolutely right on all your statements.

Hammer said...

I'm with you on this one. School shooting are rare but an armed deterrent is the way to go.

Drew said...

Thanks, Bob. I'll have to look into that.
And thanks to both of you for your readership and agreement.

theotherryan said...

After a big massacre in the mid 1970's in Israel they started having trained volunteers in schools who among other duties carried concealed weapons. I do not know if teachers carried under this program but they have had very safe schools since then. I believe it was the Ma'alot massacre.