One of the last bastions of anti-gun sentiment remains, for the most part, American schools. This should not be surprising. Many educators not only have no experience with firearms, their political leanings–all too often, progressive–predisposes them to have very odd ideas about the carrying of concealed handguns on school property.
Some teachers and administrators actually believe that police officers should not be allowed in schools because their presence, and particularly the presence of their handguns, somehow magically disturbs an otherwise pristine educational environment, and “sends the wrong message” to impressionable students about violence and diversity and tolerance and eating arugula, etc.
One Alabama principal actually wanted children to bring canned vegetables to school. Not to give to the needy, but to store in classrooms as a sort of veggie armory. In the event of an armed attack, teachers would issue the cans of peas and corn, which kids would throw at armed murderers.
Others argue that teachers not only must spend every second teaching, carrying handguns would be impossible for them as it would distract them from their mission. One suspects armed madmen slaughtering teachers and children might be somewhat distracting, perhaps even more so than teacher carrying concealed handguns about which no one knows.
While this attitude is changing, many legislators lack firearm and tactical knowledge as well. As a result, with the best of intentions, they tend to pass laws with provisions that actually reduce the effectiveness of armed teachers.
Such a situation is playing out in South Carolina. My friend, Bearing Arms Editor Bob Owens, where I often contribute, has been kind enough to publish my recent article on these issues (Welcome WoW readers; one more link to click): Arming South Carolina Teachers Is Doing It Right.
Be sure to bring along some veggies.