Teachers and Guns


CBS has an interview up with Education Secretary DeVos. Here’s one of the questions and its answer.

Lesley Stahl: Do you think that teachers should have guns in the classroom?

Betsy DeVos: That should be an option for states and communities to consider. And I hesitate to think of, like, my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Zorhoff, I couldn’t ever imagine her having a gun and being trained in that way. But for those who are– who are capable, this is one solution that can and should be considered. But no one size fits all. Every state and every community is going to address this issue in a different way.

That got me to thinking about my teachers and which ones I would trust with a gun.

Mr. Brown, the 8th grade teacher, and Coach Warfield were WWII veterans. I suspect they would have handled the responsibility. The principal Mrs. Mathis and my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Thomson probably would have also done well.

My high school was part of a college, so we had an armed campus cop assigned to our building and grounds. Additionally, several members of the faculty were veterans, including one of my French teachers who had come to America as a war bride after serving in the Resistance. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t have been surprised to find out that the American History teacher Dr. Holden was armed.

It was a different time and place.

9 thoughts on “Teachers and Guns

  1. One of my 5th grade teachers was a retired police officer. I expect he’d have volunteered.

    My 9th grade science teacher was a former pro linebacker. I’m not sure he would have had any need of a weapon.

  2. We only need less than 10% of the teachers and staff to be armed or potentially armed to make most of these idiot shooters rethink their plans and most will likely go look for another, easier target.

    Remember, most shooters have committed suicide shortly after being confronted by someone else with a gun.

    This idea is a good thing and we need to let the local school districts make this decision.

  3. My high school French language teacher was a scout for the 42nd Infantry Division and one of the first people into Dachau. He was a portly old Jewish man by the time I was in high school, and I accidentally discovered one day that he always had a gun in his car.

  4. In high school? I know the physics and geography teachers took the first day of hunting season off every year. Usually they came in the second day and put “Bambi lives!” on the chalkboard. One year they didn’t come in until the third day of hunting season; we were given an impromptu lecture on 2WD trucks, seasonal access roads, and bad ideas.

    The government teacher? You mean Major Brown? Yeah, I’d be fine with him carrying.

    The assistant principal? Fine. The principal? Not so much…

    But the fundamental truth is, if any of these folks carried, even if they turned out in the end to be as big a coward as the Sherrif’s Department, they’d still have been INSIDE THE SCHOOL!!!!

    As a side note, I’d like to note the town cops did the right thing, glaring at the Coward County Sherrif’s Deputies as they manned up and went in.

  5. At least two of my schoolbus drivers in liberal Baltimore County, Maryland were armed, when I was a young student, and nobody thought anything of it. Mr. Poe and Mr. Gore were both off-duty policemen, moonlighting in plain clothes as bus drivers. My history teacher, Mr. Swoger, was a reserve colonel in the U S Army; who would say that he was unqualified to go armed? When my own son was a Cub Scout, no one complained that all of the den mothers were armed, even when we were meeting in the Methodist church; they were all members of the Baltimore County Policewomen’s Association, and sometimes wore their “I have PMS and I am armed, any questions?” BCPA tee-shirts to pack meetings.

  6. My HS history teacher was one of the early OSS operatives. Spoke perfect German. Looked like he should have had a dueling scar. Another was a hardcore hunter and trap shooter. My grade school principle if asked to shoot out the eye of a fly at 50 yards would ask, “Which eye?”
    OTOH, I had a couple I wouldn’t trust with a plastic spork. Not everyone should carry. But some obviously can.

  7. I’m thinking of my 10th grade history teacher. He was a WWII veteran of Guadalcanal. He would have stepped up, I have no doubt. I also think of my Dad, a 20yr USAF Vietnam-era vet who then taught social studies and was an ROTC instructor in a troubled school. He would have taken that kid out with his bare hands if need be.

  8. Thinking back to my high school days, there’s not one teacher I would have trusted with a weapon of any sort. It was a different time, in a town dominated by far left liberals. We called our teachers by their first names, were allowed to go outside for cigarette breaks, ordered pizza delivered for lunch, and could enjoy it with beer, if one was 18 (the legal drinking age in my state at the time). Students were even were permitted to decide their own grades in some classes. Students were threatened and stabbed in the halls. On one memorable day, the principal stood by and allowed students to demolish and burn a teacher’s car in the school parking lot. He stated that things that happen outside the school were not his responsibility. Trust him with a gun? No way.

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