The school shooting today would have been unimaginable when I was in elementary school in Nashville in the ’50s. Here’s part of a post about Teachers and Guns that I posted five years ago this month.
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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.
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A very different place and time—one where the idea of a school shooting was so crazy that no one would be insane enough to try it.
State law in Tennessee now prohibits firearms on public and private schools. The idea that disarming those in charge of our children makes them safer from people who willfully break laws and are intent on harming others is an utter fallacy. And yet here we are. Six more innocents dead at the hands of what will likely turn out to be a troubled teen and almost certainly known to local authorities. Hanging a “no guns” sign on a school door has never kept anyone safe. Disarming good people doesn’t make bad people less dangerous.
Crazy people be dangerous.