Pistol Packing TEACHERS?
First off, understand that I support the right to bear arms because I need them where I live. We have bears, alligators, bobcats, coyotes, rattlesnakes, water moccasins and a lot of other unfriendly things around. I have always been able to scare things off with a blank round, but the second round is definitely not blank. Police and animal control will show up after being called, often the same day, but you can't depend on them.
Having said that, there are places where guns should not be permitted. I oppose arming airline pilots. That is a controlled situation and the fewer things that can puncture a pressurized aircraft, the better. If you had ever been in an explosive decompression of an aircraft, as I have, you would know why you don't want that to happen.
Another place where I do not want to see guns is in schools. This wire story, NRA Leader Advocates Guns for Teachers
is an example of why I have never belonged to the NRA, and never will. These people are idiots.
Carrying a weapon in a peaceful situation, as opposed to war, is a major risk. You have to worry about controlling that weapon and the ammunition. You forget just once and someone can die.
At the police academy we spent more time on when not to shoot, than when to shoot. In the training you didn't have to start over if you didn't shoot when you should have, but if you took one unreasonable shot, it was back to the beginning.
Who covers the cost of the weapons and training? Who pays for the background checks? Who pays for the liability insurance? Why should teachers accept this? We have made them babysitters, counselors, probation officers, nurses, and now, this idiot wants to make them cops.