Are the folks who think we ought to arm some of the teachers in the public schools akin to “survivalists”. Well, one of my favorite commenters thinks so. He ended a comment on improving school security with these two paragraphs.
Figuring the odds, the costs, and the likelihood of real benefit, wouldn’t the survivalist be better off to spend their time and money preventing the apocalypse rather than preparing for it?
The reason that I bring this up is because the fear that drives the survivalist is similar to the fear that drives this school security debate. However, unlike the individual survivalist, we are talking about actions as a community that need to be rationally governed based upon the threat, the costs and the benefit so that scarce societal resources are spent most effectively to prevent the problem rather than to just react to it. I’m no expert, but the idea of arming and training hundreds of thousands of school teachers sounds irrationally out of whack to the threat, and it seems fraught with unintended consequences. Does it surprise you, however, that those lobbying to sell more guns and the politicians that they have bought and paid for have this as their favorite solution? (from here)
tsalmon‘s comparison of Conservative Second Amendment gun right defenders with survivalists is actually quite interesting. However, Liberal Democrats are not alone in doing this sort of thing. WMAL’s Chris Plante, for example, likes to compare Liberal Democrats to the Eloi. Who are the Eloi? There are a people plucked out of the fantasy of science fiction, specifically a novel by H. G. Wells, The Time Machine.
By the year AD 802,701, humanity has evolved into two separate species: the Eloi and the Morlocks, whereof the Eloi live a banal life of ease on the surface of the earth, while the Morlocks live underground, tending machinery and providing food, clothing, and inventory for the Eloi. The narration suggests that the separation of species may have been the result of a widening split between different social classes. Having solved all problems that required strength, intelligence, or virtue, the Eloi have slowly become dissolute and naive: they are described as smaller than modern humans, with shoulder-length curly hair, pointed chins, large eyes, small ears, small mouths with bright red thin lips, and sub-human intelligence. They do not perform much work, except to feed, play, and mate; and when Weena falls into a river, none of the other Eloi helps her (she is rescued instead by the Time Traveler). Periodically, the Morlocks capture individual Eloi for food; and because this typically happens on moonless nights, the Eloi are terrified of darkness. (from here)
Who are the bad guys in Wells novel? Supposedly, they are the Moorlocks. What is funny about calling these guy the villains is that the Moorlocks do all the work. Without them the Eloi could not survive, but H. G. Wells was, after all, a Socialist. Still, one can understand why the Eloi might dread being harvested for food. Yet like cattle, they do nothing to prevent it.
We can idealize the world. That is what the Eloi did in the world of H. G. Wells’ imagination. We can pretend the Moorlocks don’t exist. We can blissfully enjoy our lives until something bad happens, or we can figure out what needs to be done and do what we can to prevent bad things from happening.
As a matter of fact, some states are already arming teachers. Here are some articles on the subject.
- Teachers packing heat: More educators taking gun training classes (foxnews.com)
- What States Allow Teachers To Be Armed? It’s A Controversial Proposal (romper.com)
- Educators from 12 states take 3-day firearms course (cbsnews.com)
- Nearly 1100 Teachers and Staff Members in 12 States Get “Armed” Active Killer Training (fastersaveslives.org)
Why do this? Well, here is a good editorial on the subject.
Stopping school shootings by arming teachers (www.washingtontimes.com)
When Donald Trump called for arming teachers in 2015, he was met with the expected derision from gun control advocates and other progressives. All proposals to arm teachers are met with similar derision by liberals who warn of the dangers of “militarizing” schools. While this chin dribbling continues, school shootings have increased to a point where 150,000 of our nation’s students have now experienced a school shooting or the threat of one.
In the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, the gunman actually used a school emergency action fire drill to lure his victims into the kill zone. It is time not only to permit teachers to be armed, but for the federal government to mandate that school districts take such actions in order to qualify for federal funding.
People opposed to arming teachers such as Kenneth Trump, president of the National School Safety and Security Services, argues that having police and school resource officers is preferable to arming teachers. In fact, the Stoneman school security officer was one of the first fatalities. The reality is that most shooters plan their actions months in advance and figure out how to avoid or neutralize school security. (continued here)
Does the survivalist model seem too extreme? Would the senseless apathy of the Eloi model be even more intolerable? Well, I don’t recommend copying either model too rigidly, but arming those school teachers who are willing and able seems to be a practical option for protecting children in school.
What do we do about something more apocalyptic? Well, there are some real apocalyptic possibilities out there, and prevention does sound like a great idea. If only we could convince the Eloi that Global Warming is not real and Moorlocks are real…..