The gun used at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
This is the advertisement for the Sandy Hook massacre gun.
Do we want educators or good shots? Do we want to require you have to be a gun carrying, good shot and NRA member to be teachers of our nation's students? A member of the NRA, but not a member of a teachers union? Teacher unions are under attack, the misnamed "right to work" raison d'etre (reason to be) is to kill the unions, teacher pensions are under attack, in many communities, the teachers have not been respected for decades. And yet, expectations for the education system has soared in more than the areas of subjects that once were the conventional things that we held our schools responsible for teaching our children.
Teachers carry a gun? Where in the classroom would the
teacher store her gun? Would she have impunity if a child got access to it?
Have you heard that the solution is that the Principal at
Sandy Hook Elementary School should have had a gun in her office? That all teachers should have guns. If
you are or have ever been a teacher in elementary school, middle school or high
school, or even on a college campus, you can picture what I am about to
Rep. Louie Gohmert argued that if the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary
School had a gun she could have stopped the shooter from killing 20
children and five other school teachers. Gohmert has spoken out publicly
in favor of increased gun accessibility in the wake of the Friday attack.
I was an elementary school music teacher. My first year as a teacher, I had 950
students. There are times you are the lone adult in a room or playground with
hundreds of children. Would you
carry your gun there? And if you
needed to use it, and accidentally killed one or more of the hundreds of
children under your care, because you are not a good enough shot, had an off
day as a good shot, got nervous or the chaos of a situation made it impossible
to only target an armed intruder or an armed student, would you have legal
impunity for killing one or more of your students? Or if you only have the gun
in your classroom somewhere, presumably locked away for safety that no child
under your care would get access to it, what good would the gun be if you were
doing duty in the cafeteria, school assembly, walking down the hall with the
class to a music, art or physical education class.
I am picturing my college years where I was supposedly
getting my education in my subject area.
It was a liberal arts school, so though I was loaded with music courses,
I also took biology, English literature, French, Philosophy. If teachers were required to carry
guns, we would have to have courses in guns, knowing how to shop for the gun
allowed, because surely there would be laws restricting a teacher’s gun, the
kind of gun, the kind of bullets, how to handle a gun, keeping them in good
repair, insuring them, how to keep them out of the hands of students who might
use them as a play thing or the real thing, when it is and isn’t appropriate to
use the gun. Will there be “stand
your ground” laws for teachers? Will self-defense mean we must see a gun being
used on a student first before we can shoot? Do we need witnesses to prove we used the gun properly? Will we be police officers or teachers? If I would have been mandated to carry
a gun as a teacher and not given the same rights as police officers, there
would be major problems. If that doesn’t’
make sense, then the major problem begins with your critical thinking weaknesses.
How many college gun course hours would be required for my
teacher certification? How many
hours of target shooting would I have to have to get my teacher
certificate? Would I have to take
shooting range practice throughout my teaching career until retirement (now age
67 years in Rhode Island)? What if
I am not able to hold a gun due to illness of any kind, for example I am
disabled? When we hire new
teachers, do we have them illustrate their shooting abilities with range
shooting with moving targets as a part of the interview?
For Sandy Hook Elementary School
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