by James Buchanan
Donald Trump suggested that teachers, who were competent with firearms, could be used to stop the school shooting phenomenon, which has only gotten worse after politicians passed the “Gun Free School Zone” law, which has given crazed gunmen the ability to murder children at public schools without opposition since 1990. When seconds count, the police are minutes away.
A Breitbart article reports “During the meeting with Parkland students at the White House on Wednesday President Trump said arming teachers is a step that can be taken to make schools less-attractive targets for attackers.”
“He said that as things stand, attackers have nothing to lose because no one can shoot back.”
“CNN quoted Trump saying, ‘(A) Gun-free zone to a maniac—because they’re all cowards—a gun-free zone is ‘let’s go in and let’s attack because bullets aren’t coming back at us.’ ‘ He said adopting a policy where ’20 percent’ of teachers were armed would reduce or eliminate the perception of weakness, making schools a riskier target to strike.”
“Trump said, ‘If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly.’”
Liberals love to put their faith and their trust in government and in new laws without thinking through what these new laws are actually accomplishing. When the “Gun Free School Zone” law was passed, liberal politicians and millions of women were thinking “Good, this law will not allow anyone with a gun around our children.” What they failed to realize was that they were disarming teachers, who might actually protect their children if a crazed gunman ever did start shooting people at their school.
There have been ZERO instances of teachers going on shooting sprees, mass murdering their students. So why in the world would anyone pass a law whose main effect would be to disarm teachers?? At best, this was more “feel good” big government liberal legislation. At worst, the people involved in passing this law, which included George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, may have wanted more school shootings to take place so that they could pass more gun control laws.
A number of liberals have suggested posting police officers at every school, but the cost would be too much for many school districts, and the high school in Parkland, Florida did have an armed deputy assigned to it, but he failed to intervene! An article from the New York Daily News reports ” The school resource officer on duty when a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida school found a safe spot outside the building — and did absolutely nothing, officials said Thursday.”
“Scot Peterson, who was the last line of defense at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas resigned after video surfaced of him outside the school Feb. 14 when all hell was breaking loose inside, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.”
“Peterson, a school safety officer since 2009, remained outside the building for about four of the six minutes Nikolas Cruz was inside killing students with an assault rifle…”
At least if you had several armed teachers, one of them might be sufficiently heroic to do something. We can now say we tried the “armed law enforcement officer at the school” method and it failed miserably. Liberals need to realize that there’s nothing magical about law officers just because they’re government employees. Armed civilians have historically shot three out of four felons, who were shot while committing a crime. Every state that has allowed its citizens to have concealed carry permits for handguns has seen a dramatic drop in violent crime. Criminals will change their behavior if they know that their victims might be armed.