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Rand Paul: Arm the Teachers

Senator Rand Paul boosts the idea of armed educators:

Sen. Rand Paul said on Thursday that teachers and principals should carry concealed weapons in the classroom to prevent another mass shooting from happening.

“Is it perfect? No. Would they always get the killer? No. Would an accident sometimes happen in a melee? Maybe,” the Kentucky Republican told a group of business leaders in Oldham County, Ky.,according to the Courier-Journal. “But nobody [at Sandy Hook Elementary] had any defense, and he just kept shooting until he was tired and he decided to shoot himself.”

Plenty has been said about this idea, so I won’t delve too heavily into it (although since I am in education, and my wife, sister, and mother are/were all school teachers, I have some personal insight into exactly how stupid this idea is), I will say this:  it is utterly depressing the degree to which persons charged with making authoritative decisions for our society often have the sophistication of a a bunch of dudes pontificating over beers.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Argon says:

    Yeah, well if they had armed flight attendants his son might be dead…

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  2. David says:

    At least he is consistent in being batsh#t crazy.

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  3. Scott says:

    My wife, elementary school teacher, thinks these guys don’t know what they are talking about. They haven’t a clue how schools operate. Of course, this will cost money. Personally, and as the family bookkeeper, I say, that if there is extra money lying around, how about buying some school supplies so I don’t have to.

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  4. @Scott: My guess is that the vast majority of teachers and those who know what teachers do would have the same reaction.

    And indeed about the supplies.

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  5. Rafer Janders says:

    I will say this: it is utterly depressing the degree to which persons charged with making authoritative decisions for our society often sound like characters from “Dr. Strangelove”:

    Rand Paul: “Is it perfect? No. Would they always get the killer? No. Would an accident sometimes happen in a melee? Maybe.”

    General “Buck” Turgidson: Mr. President, I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.

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  6. That guy is an embarrassment to Kentucky. And Congress.

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  7. legion says:

    You know why this is a terrible idea? Not because of the implied uselessness of teachers’ free time. Not because of the willful ignorance of where the money will come from. Not because of any of those reasons, though they are all terrible things. No, the reason this is awful is:

    From now on, whenever someone wants to shoot up a school, they’ll know they don’t have to run the risks of getting a gun before they come to school. They can just pick the one teacher they think they can beat up and take theirs.

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  8. matt bernius says:

    @Scott:
    To that point, it boggles the mind that the people who are usually front of the line when it comes to voting down school funding and budgets, are so front and center in demanding unnecessary and costly protective measures be installed in all schools.

    BTW, doesn’t adding security guards to all schools increase the number of government workers out there?

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  9. al-Ameda says:

    I had no idea that Rand was a bozo too.

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  10. Gustopher says:

    Nothing says Freedom like drafting teachers and school administrators into the front line of a police state.

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  11. edmondo says:

    Why don’t we arm the students too? A bunch of First Graders with 357 Magnums could be Darwin”s Dream. What could possibly go wrong?

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  12. al-Ameda says:

    @edmondo:

    Why don’t we arm the students too? A bunch of First Graders with 357 Magnums could be Darwin”s Dream. What could possibly go wrong?

    You’re so negative. With appropriate NRA training these students will shoot only those who deserve to be shot, there will be no collateral damage.

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  13. Tony W says:

    Between this and Santorum’s nutty anti-education rhetoric it sounds like the R’s have made the decision to double-down on crazy, rather than moderate to the center. Too bad, we’ve had some good Republicans over the years but it sounds like that era is coming to an end.

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  14. de stijl says:

    @al-Ameda:

    With appropriate NRA training these students will shoot only those who deserve to be shot, there will be no collateral damage.

    Know your Target and Bed Bath and Beyond.

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  15. stonetools says:

    To be honest, I’ve gotten to the stage where I wish the gun enthusiasts could just f#%k off to some parallel universe where they could run their demented social experiments where everyone is armed, everyplace, all the time. Unfortunately, they are going to remain here on Earth Prime and attempt to foist their vision on us with the help of the legislators they elect.
    Sorry for seeming so fed up, but the stupid is everywhere now, not just on the fringe where it belongs .

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  16. Al says:

    Well, it was nice of him to give me something else to point to when Paul Sr. supporters claim that he’s the saner, more mainstream Paul.

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