Friday March 23, 2018
Educators need to focus on their professional responsibility, not target practice.
The president, the National Rifle Association and their supporters want teachers to be armed. This, we are told, will keep schools safer. Perhaps members of Congress who support this insane idea should carry guns on the floor of House and Senate if they really do believe more guns keep everyone safer.
Guns are popular in my neighborhood because many residents are hunters. Fine with me. Friends and members of my family have guns, and that too is fine with me. No one with any sense at all would take those guns into a classroom.
The New York Times says that New York Police Department tracking shows that trained NYPD officers, who spend their entire careers on security matters, only hit their target 30 percent of the time when they shoot, unless their target is an armed opponent. In those cases, they only hit their target 11 to 13 percent of the time.
Teachers are supposed to spend their careers teaching, not target shooting. Would they be any more accurate than police officers? Especially when they are surrounded by kids in the line of fire.
Something today's students have learned recently is that many politicians seem to value the NRA, and its donations, more than they value the lives of kids.
Arming teachers is a foolish idea