On Guns and Virtue-Signaling
On Guns and Virtue-Signaling
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was a tragedy. With each new bit of evidence that comes to light about the shooter, it becomes more and more evident it is a tragedy that could have been prevented. The ball was dropped not once but a number of times. Amid the calls for stricter gun control laws came the renewed suggestion that it might just be time to arm our teachers and administrators. Oh, the howls of outrage and misinformation that immediately followed President Trump’s comments on the matter. You would have thought the President and those supporting his suggestion were advocating every teacher coming to school in MARPAT with AR-15s strapped to their backs, guns at their hips and combat knives to their legs.School districts allowing teachers to carry concealed is nothing new. Harrold ISD in Texas has allowed certain teachers to carry concealed for 11 years. Teachers there have a concealed carry permit, go through training and are then allowed to carry on campus. This policy is one supported not only by district administration but by the parents and students. Why? Because it helps the students feel safe in their classrooms. As Harrold ISD superintendent David Thweatt said, “You need to meet a force with an appropriate force, and you need to protect our children.”
Still, you have people like Ryan Waller who claim it is morally wrong for a Christian school, in this case Pantego Christian Academy, to arm teachers and administrators. Rev. Waller’s objection comes after the school voted to arm its administrators. According to Waller, it is “morally reprehensible. And if I say nothing, I am complicit in its madness.”
So now it is madness for a school to do whatever it can to protect our children?
According to Waller, it is the job of law enforcement “and other security professionals” to keep us safe. In typical liberal fashion, to support his claim, he uses the example of an airplane crash. After all, we don’t go around advocating that civilians learn to fly a plane after one crashes, do we? That sort of apples to oranges argument is the sort of thing gun control advocates have used for years. It clouds the issue. Also, in light of what happened in Parkland, we have seen how we can’t always rely on the “professionals” to protect our children.
“There’s no good logic that says teachers and others who work in schools should learn a bit about guns in order to use them in the event of an emergency.”
Learn a bit about guns? Wow, not only does he discredit any training these teachers might undergo to get their CCW, but he also discounts any additional training they might be required to take by their districts. He also discounts the fact that some of those teachers might, themselves, be former military. But then that wouldn’t fit the narrative, would it?
For example, the Callisburg ISD implemented its “Guardian Plan” four years ago. Teachers taking part in it go through the CCW training and permitting required by the state. Then, each year, they go through gun safety and simulated active shooter scenarios with a trained expert. This voluntary program has helped create an atmosphere where the kids going to school there feel safe and parents are reassured their kids will be taken care of in case of an emergency. More than that, no one except the teachers carrying concealed and the administration (and, I assume, the local police) know who is actually armed.
Yet, instead of taking a proactive stance to protect our children, Waller and others would have us “trust the system”. We’re to give it time to adjust and we are to push for stronger gun control laws. And, until that happens, we should sit there like complacent sheep, praying nothing else happens to our kids.
The problem with this approach is it doesn’t solve anything. Worse, it refuses to acknowledge one simple truth. Arming teachers and administrators does have a quelling effect on potential violence in schools. Of the 1032 school districts in Texas, 170 allow teachers and administrators to carry concealed. That is approximately 16% of the districts. Each school campus is posted, warning anyone will ill-intent of the fact their teachers are or may be armed. (Signage varies).
Ask yourself this: what school is a shooter more likely to attack? One where he knows there is little to no chance of immediate response by someone with a gun or one where the very first adult he meets might be armed and ready to shoot him in order to protect the students they’d been charged to teach and protect? I don’t know about you, but I want to give our children the safest environment possible and that won’t happen if we continue to bury our heads in the sand and fool ourselves that gun-free zones are safe places where nothing bad will ever happen.