Over the last 10 days, I’ve heard a lot about “arming teachers.” It is something my wife brought up to me.
I need to say that is the shitiest rhetoric on this subject.
Are we talking about taking teachers who have never shot a gun before, and may even be anti gun themselves, and giving them one training session and a gun and sticking them back in the classroom?
Because that is a terrible fucking idea.
I know that “IDPA/USPSA isn’t a firefight, that stuff will get you killed” (/sarc/) but to use it as an example, when I got back into it, it took me a while to get over the “first stage jitters.” The timer went *BEEP* and erased all the stage plans I had made during the walk through. If I don’t shoot for a little bit, I’ll still get a little jumpy on the first stage. I had the chance to talk to a professional shooter and one of the things he said is that one of the big things that separates a pro from am amateur is having had that timer go *BEEP* so many times that you stay focused and remain collected every time.
And that’s in a game. Make it life and death when you are not expecting it and it’s going to be worse.
So a teacher who has never shot before, sent off to do two days worth of training, and hasn’t shot since is going to be a hair above worthless.
On the other hand are we talking about letting teachers or administrators who already have CCW permits and who want to carry, carry in schools? Will we be providing them with additional training?
That is something I can get behind. That is a person who has some familiarity with guns. Who is more likely to go out on a weekend and shoot and maintain a minimal skill level.
Remember, the Israeli teacher carrying a rifle on a field trip had just spent two years on active service in the Israeli army.
I know the antis will lie and distort the truth at every turn. They do it every day. That’s why we need to control the language of this conversation.
“Arm the teachers” sounds unpalatable. It conjures up an image of forcing sweet, little, old, Mrs Crabapple to turn into John McClane, and sounds agressive (forcing guns on people who don’t want them).
Something more along the lines of “allow teachers with CCW permit to carry in schools” is entirely honest. It’s less aggressive and the positive statistics on our side.
I really want pro gun people who get media interviews to stop saying “arm the teachers.” If we let the antis dictate the language, we will lose.