I tend to be agnostic on the whole “argh, guns everywhere! We’re all going to die!” argument, which I know makes me a bad liberal, but there it is. I am not worried about y’all having guns in restaurants or parks. Maybe the gun nuts have worn me down or just convinced me, I don’t know. But that’s the truth. I do not care. Go forth, be careful, and for gods’ sake, don’t shoot any innocent people.
And my mother is a teacher and I have many cousins who are teachers and, well, that’s my mom. Of course I believe she can do no wrong. And that she would always act appropriately and rationally. I want to say what I’m going to say without offending the teachers among us. Please, bear with me.
But I have been to public schools, exclusively, growing up.
And I have to report that this idea of letting adults who work in schools carry guns is quite possibly the stupidest idea in the history of stupid ideas I have heard Republican legislators float this year. Other than the police who work at the school, the only people I would even remotely consider arming would be the school nurse and the school secretary. In any school I’ve attended, these seem to be the most level-headed un-involved in the drama people in the school. In other words, they are the folks you might count on to not use a weapon to make their lives easier.
But other folks? I had an English teacher who, in order to establish what a bully she was, taped the Man from GM into his desk and then taped his mouth shut. Granted, he was annoying, but damn. I have no doubt she would have pulled out her gun in class to make sure we all knew she had it. There were coaches in my schools who pressured kids to have sex with them, who I’m sure would have backed up their threats of “Everyone will think you’re a slut” with “It’d be a terrible shame if there was an accident.” I can imagine one teacher who spent a whole semester pissing and moaning about giant government conspiracies against him and I don’t think he would have had any problem pulling out his gun and showing us all how to “protect ourselves” from the Feds.
And I know about guns at school. I grew up at a time when kids came late to school because it was hunting season and had their rifles sitting in their gun racks in their trucks right out in the parking lot. And no one ever was afraid. But I would have been afraid to know that some of the lunatics who had power over me and were unsupervised with me most of the day had weapons.
Really, what a terrible idea.
And let’s not even consider how easy it would be for a determined nutjob student to get his hands on a gun in the classroom.