Thursday, January 03, 2013

What could go wrong?

From Think Progress:
‘Armed Teacher Training Program’ Launches In 15 States

By Annie-Rose Strasser on Jan 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

An Ohio gun owners’ group is launching an “Armed Teacher Training Program” to instruct teachers and school staff on how to shoot off firearms in the classroom. 
OK.  I actually don't have a problem with this.  If we're going to have guns around anyway it makes sense for people to be familiar with them.  Knowledge is power, and knowing exactly what you're dealing with when it comes to firearms as opposed to only scare stories or video games or cop shows on TV is a good thing.  I think it would make for a more effective advocate for gun control, if only because the person won't be subject to casual dismissal as someone who doesn't know anything about guns.  Also, if the training is done properly (and I know that's a big "if") it should be pretty clear to the trainees just how dangerous it is to be shooting guns in a crowded space like a classroom; even if your intent is to protect the kids, those bullets go somewhere and it might not be where you intended.

So I think gun training is a good thing.  This quote from the "Chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation" is just deluded, though:

"The strategy is the same as ordinary concealed carry. No one will ever know who is or is not armed. Those who seek to do harm in schools should be met with armed resistance, even before law enforcement shows up. Over time, schools will no longer be considered easy, risk-free targets.
Give me a break.  People don't shoot up a school because it's an easy, risk-free target.  People shoot up a school because they're nuts and want to burn out instead of fading away.  They don't plan to come out alive.  Knowing that others might have a gun to shoot back with will only heighten the thrill and the fantasy of going out in a blaze of glory.  It won't be any kind of a deterrent.

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