Tired of murderous psychopaths invading schools? Me, too. But I wonder if arming teachers is the best way to prevent such incidents.
Reacting to the most recent spate of school shootings, a state lawmaker in Madison, Wis., says he’ll introduce legislation allowing school personnel to carry concealed weapons.
The measure isn’t likely to go anywhere — there’s a federal law that bans guns on school grounds — but such ideas illustrate the tendency in this country to think complex problems can be solved simply: Just add firepower.
Yes, it’s satisfying to imagine a steely-eyed English teacher pumping lead into a madman — but then, madmen tend to shoot first. We ask quite a bit of teachers already without expecting them to be good with a handgun as well.
Posted by Dave Knadler
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