Say Uncle points out some school violence in the Middle East that was thwarted by armed school counselors and I left this comment on the post:
I just watched the HBO documentary ‘Children of Beslan’ again, which is the story of that event told by the kids who were there. Absolutely, stunningly horrific.
I don’t know if armed teachers would have made a difference or not, but I suspect that they might have.
The terrorists f***ers jumped the school during a big celebration with many parents present so that they could get the most people at once. If concealed carry had been permitted on school grounds, and it was a known fact that some teachers and probably some parents were armed, it would have at least made planning and execution more difficult. And however motivated the teachers may have been, a dozen or two parents with guns protecting their children from those b***ards would have been more motivated.
Now, I’ll say that I don’t think a Beslan scenario is nearly as likely in the US. I hope. But over 300 people were killed, including 186 children. I guess I’d like more than hope as weapon against those types if it came down to it.
When something bad goes down, its too late to decide that maybe being prepared and capable of dealing with a potential threat is maybe a good idea.
More over at Ahab’s, where a commenter writes
The thing is, teachers are one of the most trusted professional group of people in our society. Most everyone in our society works with them for years, 13+ years. We can and should trust them if they are willing to carry.
Indeed. We trust these people to shape the minds of our children and prepare them for the “real world.” They are one of the biggest daily influences on America’s kids for over a decade during their most formative years. To argue that they can be trusted with this while they can’t be trusted to protect those same kids in an extreme situation where no one else is going to be able to is, at the very least, quite inconsistent.