I’m ok with the label ‘gun nut’ because those who use it condescendingly are too beneath me to make it sting and those who use it affectionately know I may enjoy firearms, but I’m far from a nut. I’m also not an extremist who believes every person under the sun should carry a firearm.
There are those whose world views are so wrapped up in straw men and ridiculous caricatures that it doesn’t matter what I say here, they believe I just want to shoot people & enjoy seeing others get shot. Especially children. They seem to like to tell everyone how people like me actually want dead children.
Me, the father of two gorgeous little girls who I want to see grow up, get married, and have children of their own.
Again, people get so wrapped up in their world view that anything that might violate that gets the next 2 Minute Hate directed at it, complete with Goldstein’s bleating turned into the sheep.
I don’t want dead kids, I want them protected. I want people to have the best tools at their disposal to do so, and if that means letting teachers who are confident in their firearm handling skills carry a gun, then so be it. I want someone right there when it all goes down because the police aren’t omnipresent.
However, arming teachers does not come without risk and that’s hard for some people on my side to listen to. I love my girls more than you can possibly imagine, but the risk of an armed teacher far outweighs that of an actual threat. Both are very low, mind you but you can lower the latter even more with the former.
However – this is not always the best solution.
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Authorities say that with 29 terrified students looking on, a West Virginia high school teacher managed to calm a 14-year-old student who pointed a gun at her in her classroom, giving a police chief time to arrive and convince the boy to free his peers and surrender.
The teacher is to be commended. She may have saved many lives and must have remained fairly calm under pressure like that to talk the boy down. Had she been armed, she would have been entirely within reason to use deadly force to protect her students, but that outcome is horrible. We’re talking about a fellow student here, not just some whackjob off the street looking to make a name for himself in the news.
This isn’t to say the teacher would have shot the boy. Maybe she understood the child & knew he was the type to crave attention, knowing it was all bluster. Or maybe she was just lucky and the young boy lost his nerve. Regardless, the outcome here was as good as it could have been in the situation. Nobody got shot, everyone lived, and hopefully the boy will get the help he needs before he harms himself or others.
We can what-if the situation until we’re blue in the face – what if he didn’t listen, what if she said something that set him off, what if, what if, what if… The fact is everything turned out better without a shot fired. This is a good thing.
We always talk about how guns are a tool, we need to constantly remind ourselves that it is a tool and not the entire tool-box. I’m not a fan of having to weigh myself down with pepper spray, a baton, and my gun, which does mean I limit my response choices a bit, but I also am perfectly aware that I have more options than pulling my pistol during a threat.
You need to be aware of your options so that you can aim for the best outcome as possible as well. Even if that means keeping your gun holstered.