I was a teacher for twenty years at various inner city schools because I chose to be there. Consider it my combat duty. I left the profession two years ago because the sheep not only have the wool pulled over their eyes, their eyes have been placed deeply within a certain southernly body cavity for which there is no light and there seems to be no return to the land of light. Granted, there are some very bright, dedicated, and caring individuals plying their craft within the walls of many institutions of public learning. But in my twenty years, I met and had to endure more unqualified, inept, incompetent, and just downright uncaring and ineffectual people in charge of your child's education that if you truly knew, you would be mortified and probably be behind bars or in the process of being canonized. When I would mention to my colleagues the need for sidearms being issued to teachers with as much force on force training as any other professional in the same situation, many supported this position. But the majority of the sheep were behaving as if I wanted to inject them with the plague. Even with the Columbines and the "almost Columbines" occurring over and over, the idea of school personnel actually doing something effectual to protect the children and staff seemed unfathomable to these people. So, my vote would be a definite yes, but I would want my local and state police to screen candidates, train them, certify them and continue to train them on a regular basis, not just some lame summer recertification refresher. Also, the thought of some teacher having the weapons taken and used on those they were intended to protect is a mighty real concern. But then again, training, training, training, and more training is the answer as well as the prospect of students not necessarily knowing which teachers or staff members were concealing firearms. Why would students need to be privy to the exact name and number of teachers and staff packing heat as long as they knew they were the reason for this? Many choose to be sheep. Some choose to be wolves. I choose to be a sheepdog-in-training.
"There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke
United States Marine Corps - "No better friend. No worse enemy."
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