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A Gun As An Answer?

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Heard on the playground of the future ? ?My teacher?s is bigger than yours.? ?But my teacher can shoot 30 rounds in 2 seconds. Ha-ha!?
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In interviews of the future ? ?When is the last time you were at the gun range?? ?What is your weapon of choice?? You know the last teacher was really an excellent teacher but we need someone in this hall who can pack.?
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What really weird conversations we are having now. Our governor thinks everyone should ?carry? including teachers. He does and has killed a coyote to prove it on one of his morning jog – or was it a rabbit? Whatever it was, it was attacking. A Texas congressman announced to the nation that a principal should have a gun locked up in her office so she can ?blow his head off? if an attacker comes in her building. The three ?R?s? soon will be reading, ?riting, and riflery. Some are convinced that if everyone had a gun we would all be safer … except for the ones who can?t draw fast enough or the ones who are shot in the back or the ones who have their weapon under lock and key.
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I don?t mean to make light of a serious and a very distressing situation but the rhetoric boarders on the absurd. I would agree that concentrating on gun control, as the only thing that can solve this problem that we have of our male youth going on rampages and killing multiple people, is not the answer. It is part of the answer, but, not all of the answer. I taught riflery to 9, 10, 11 year olds at summer camp and, as an instructor, I was a member of the NRA. They learned gun safety and the kids would shoot their single shot .22 at targets and enjoyed it. But it has been a long time since I have owned a gun. I have no desire to now, and, there are millions just like me. Arming everyone is no solution, never has been. There is always somebody quicker, someone sneakier or someone else with a bigger gun than yours. We have had wars, we still have wars and there is not a nation of note that doesn?t have an army that is armed to the teeth.
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Having teachers with guns is a solution looking for problems. Do parents have the right to know if their kindergarten teacher has a gun in the classroom and request changes to or from? What if a teacher has an ?accident?? How does the school explains a lost round? It brings a whole new twist to ?I lost my keys?. How about stolen weapons? At the normal workplace with adults these things can happen but at school there is no room for error, absolutely none. There can be no accidents, no mistakes, no lost or misplaced weapons. What a horrible weight to but on teachers. And, having good groupings at the range does not translate into being a killer, which is what would be expected of a teacher, if the need should arrive. Ask any veteran who experienced their first firefight, what it is like. Most will say it is more panic, more shooting at anything that is moving, than anything else. Asking a principal to face down a killer armed to the teeth and ?blow his head off? is easy for our Texas congressman to say but just how many deer have been shooting back at him?
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I have heard the argument that gun shops don?t have mass murders. That is not going to happen but it has nothing to do with the fact that the owners will shoot back. The type of mass murderer we are experiencing are young very trouble boys/men. They go to the places that they are familiar with or where they have faced failure or rejections. They are not going to stores or gun shops. There is nothing to prove to peers or parents at these places, no glory. And they are fatalistic; their own death is just part of the game that they are playing out. But, accepting it is a fact that mass murderers are just are and then arming the lunch ladies is admitting defeat and saying killing is the only way. Ironic isn?t it. Kill our young before they kill. Chilling.
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The problem is not just guns and the solution is not just more guns. We can do better than this.

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