In the Miami Herald ZOMG! files we find this article starting the following way:
Picture this: teachers packing heat as they teach children their ABC’s and 123’s.
The scenario has many parents and teachers envisioning a nightmare, and they have gone out of their way to tell state legislators so.
Gun-toting teachers? House education panel says ‘yes’
So pundit/writer/BSer/Journalist?(nahhh!) Kathleen McGrory colors her piece from the start. The rest of the article, specially the “interviews” are a headache to follow. So what’s the legislation about?
The House K-12 Education Subcommittee voted 10-3 in support of a controversial bill that would give principals the power to choose certain teachers and school employees who would carry concealed weapons on campus. The schools would have a choice of either arming a school employee or hiring a separate safety officer, who would also carry a firearm.
Florida School Boards Association Executive Director Wayne Blanton said the law would place a “huge” liability on school systems.
“Our teachers and principals are role models,” Blanton added. “You are going to send the wrong message to these students.”
Colleen Wood, a parent activist in St. Johns County, called the proposal “an embarrassing excuse for a safety policy.”
“Handling a shooter in a school is serious business,” she said. “It requires serious training, not just a gun and a concealed weapons permit.
Well dear, a gun and a concealed weapons permit beats harsh language and a time out when facing a nutjob trying to kill kids. It may sound revolutionary, but nobody, even crazy people likes to face somebody else shooting at them.
A trio of Democratic committee members opposed the proposal, including Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, of Deerfield Beach.
“Personally I am against guns,” Clarke-Reed said. “I don’t like them. I don’t even like to see them.”
But all was not lost. At least one Democrat used her brain:
(The proposal) passed with the support of the committee’s eight Republicans, and Democratic Reps. Karen Castor Dentel and Carl F. Zimmermann.Castor Dentel, a teacher, said she intended to vote against the bill, but changed her mind during the debate.
I imagine that being a teacher, she felt that just standing in front of a shooter with nothing more than a ruler and a shush might not be the best way to go home alive.
For a proposal that is all about choice, it is amazing that most of the pro-choice party hates it. Then again it is only a valid choice if they impose it.
And you wonder why kids are sucking at school.