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.