October 17, 2006

School Days

Dizzy Gillespe. I'm feeling jazzy for some reason.

Of Arms & the Law linked to an Instapundit piece concerning strategies for dealing with school shooting. The central link is one to a story on ENC Today.com about a Texas school district that's teaching its kids to fight back against mass murderers.

"BURLESON, Texas (AP) -- Youngsters in a suburban Fort Worth school district are being taught not to sit there like good boys and girls with their hands folded if a gunman invades the classroom, but to rush him and hit him with everything they got - books, pencils, legs and arms."

"Getting under desks and praying for rescue from professionals is not a recipe for success,' said Robin Browne, a major in the British Army reserve and an instructor for Response Options, the company providing the training to the Burleson schools."

Say Uncle concurs. & I do believe Dr. Helen approves as well.

Say Uncle also has a post on the negative reactions to the idea of guns in schools in anyone's hands (& he does a nice job refuting one of the key points made in one anti-gun article).

Of Arms & the Law also points to a story about a man in Utah giving free CCW instruction to teachers. It's noted in the article that Utah allows CCW holders to carry on school grounds.

That should be enough links to give you an idea of the subject.

I think the idea of kids fighting back or running like hell is a good idea. I think it'd be a better idea if the teachers could provide effective cover for them while they did so.

It's really not that complex a concept. If a teacher is responsible for your kids safety then they should damn well be able to repel the barbarians at the gate, or inside the gate. If a teacher can't be trusted with a device as simple as a firearm then how can you feel comfy knowing they're instructing your kids let alone might have to give them CPR one day?

To break it down if they're mechanically unsafe with a firearm then I don't see how they could be mechanically safe with scissors or a sharp pencil let alone a fire extinguisher. If they're morally unsafe with a firearm then how can they teach your kids anything you'd want your kids to learn?

Having armed teachers isn't the only thing that should be done. Teaching the kids to be prepared to fight or run instead of cowering under their desks is a good thing. But having armed teachers in the building is the single most effective thing that can be done. It's a shame that most folks won't understand that.

Posted by Publicola at October 17, 2006 01:14 AM | TrackBack

These days they are more likely to teach the kids to give the attacker a hug, while the teacher tries to reason with him...good luck.

Posted by: BobG at October 17, 2006 09:18 AM
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