What’s more terrifying?
Your kid facing a deranged teenager with a gun, or simply knowing someone on campus is well trained and oh, by the way, armed?
That should be an easy call, but for some bizarre reason, a lot of people are more fearful of someone prepared to protect their children than they are of what could actually happen in a “gun free zone.”
For the parents (and non-parents, too) at GOC, this is a no-brainer. There are a lot of things in the world that are scary but a person specifically trained to protect kids surely isn’t one of them. Conversely, a maniac intent on mowing down as many students as he has bullets is something that should shake each parent to their core.
Parents, school employees and administrators alike need to move beyond the knee-jerk reaction that seems to come with arming teachers and instead hone-in on which is the more terrifying proposition. What would you rather have your kids encounter? A good guy with a gun or a bad guy with a gun? This is not quantum physics here – it’s an elementary proposition and the illogic of the anti-gun fear factor doesn’t make sense – particularly when recent tragedies were less deadly because of an armed individual.
Sadly, in the aftermath of very recent tragedies where innocent kids were gunned down, it’s business as usual with the left pointing their ugly little fingers everywhere but at the bad guys. And as is their norm, they go so far as to blame the gun rights community. Their head-in-the-sand ignorance of human behavior is mind-blowing.
We want to be perfectly clear – we have no issue with folks who don’t want to own/be around firearms. We do take issue, however, when those same people let their anti-gun bugaboos dictate how we choose to protect ourselves and families. It’s irresponsible to pretend that evil does not exist and to leave our most vulnerable in an unprotected and defenseless state. That a trained school employee is considered a riskier proposition than an active shooter on campus is stark evidence that a lot of people have lost their marbles.
The media certainly doesn’t help – political cartoons show bumbling teachers with six-shooters strapped to their hips, and then there is CNN, ever eager to stir the pot by falsely expanding the number of school shootings. Clearly, there is an intent to stoke fear. The CNN headline was deliberately misleading and the story ignored that the “shootings” included such incidents as a middle-of-the-night drug deal when no students were present and a little event with a bb gun.
Kudos to those states that have the political and practical courage to protect our kids and arm school personnel.