Scatterwisdom has an interesting post. Should teachers carry guns? So long as it is voluntary? Why not?
Because I am absent minded, I have no real desire to carry a gun. If I had to do it, I would manage it somehow, some way, but I don’t want something else to worry about. If I was a teacher and did carry a gun, the odds are extremely low that I would ever need it. See https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/27/schools-safer-today-1990s-study-shootings-says/.
That story links to a research study that shows mass school shootings are incredibly rare events.
So I don’t blame those teachers who don’t want to carry a gun. It is not likely they will ever need one.
If mass shooting at schools are so rare, why are we so worried about mass school shootings?
1. The news media is playing us for fools. They are playing upon our fears and our sympathies for the victims. Ratings drives that sort of thing.
2. The news media is making the latest mass school shooting a gun control event. They are using this mass school shooting to convince our leaders that they have to do “something”, like take our guns from us. Politics drives that sort of thing.
At the same time, if some teachers want to carry guns, I don’t have a problem with it. I am not scared of guns, just homicidal maniacs and one other thing.
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help. — Ronald Reagan
The fact the news media keeps trying to stir up the government to help us makes them a very scary bunch. So it is that every now and then I get a powerful urge to ban their first amendment rights. Fortunately for them (and me), I understand that to ban their First Amendment rights I would have stir up the government to help us. Definitely don’t want to do that.