I need someone to explain to me why Rick Perry and his peeps are talking about arming teachers to make schools safer. Putting aside for the moment the fact that we’d then regularly have guns in a room filled with six-year-olds…
… no, let’s not put that aside, actually. This week, I didn’t allow my six-year-old to take a large bolt to school. Or a long gold chain. Because he can turn those things into pretty serious weapons, an ability he also has with rocks, sticks, mittens, and Geronimo Stilton books. That list is not inclusive. Someone explain to me exactly how having a gun in the room with him would increase classroom security.
Then there’s the question of whether we really want to make toting a gun a part of the teaching profession. See, what I look for in my kid’s first-grade teacher is warmth and love and creativity and an ability to set boundaries. I have a hard time making that jive with Beretta owner.
Not to mention, who the hell is going to go into teaching when we add firearms to the job description? It’s hard enough getting intelligent people to work for the craptastic pay these people get without saying, “Oh, yeah, and feel free to bring your handgun to school.”
On the bright side, former gang members will have a nice list of “special skills” at the bottom of their teaching resumes.