This idea of arming teachers as a way to improve security in America’s schools is so fraught with problems that it exists only in the land of make believe. Listing the multitude of misguided elements of such a plan would take far more time than the sheer inescapably idiotic ideation of the proposal deserves. Thousands of words could be written to refute the very basis for any belief in a positive outcome of putting guns into schools solely on the basis of the fundamental reality that the education process in America’s public schools is built upon a firm foundation of antagonism between student and teacher. Should that antagonism reach a boiling point and the gun issued to the teacher becomes a weapon for use not against an outside intruder, but as a means of handling conflict, in whose hands will the gun ultimately wind up: the teacher or the student? And what happens in either case? But let’s put such mundane issues such as the fact that emotional tensions and guns mix about as well as oil and water to the side for the moment.
What is being overlooked not just by those who have bewilderingly bought into the NRA sales strategy of arming America’s teachers but also by many of those who oppose arming teachers on ground such as that laid about above is one of the most essential aspect of the plan. An aspect that once again proves conservatives have a peculiar kneejerk reaction to absolutely every issue in America.
The plain and simple truth is that the real reason that conservatives immediately come up with such a ludicrous idea as improving security in schools by increasing the number of guns at risk of being used in an accidentally deadly way at best and being used by threatened teachers and or hormonally-controlled students at worst once again (as it always does) comes down to money.
Ever watch the film “All the President’s Men” or read the book of the same. The two Washington Post reports who cracked the Watergate case and brought down a President were really just two- bitting a major story by staking their focus on that primal importance of the story in the wrong place. It wasn’t until a high ranking officer in the FBI urged them to “follow the money” that they really began understanding the true implications of a minor burglary in the grand scheme of things. So if you were to be given the same advice and you started to follow the money as genuine impetus behind the idea of arming teachers to stem the tide of school shootings in America, where would it lead you? Who really stands to gain by arming every single faculty member at every school in America?
Americans? Students? Teachers? Parents?
No. The only winners here are every business even tangentially associated with guns. That is a range of industry that spans the gamut from gun manufacturers to the owners of shooting ranges to the publishers of magazines aimed at gun enthusiasts to every store that sells ammunition and, as always, the National Rifle Association. In fact, the only reason to even temporarily muse over the positive aspects of arming teachers is if you believe the National Rifle Association does not have quite enough power in America. Only if you can look at yourself in the mirror and honestly convince yourself that the National Rifle Association needs to have more power over the lives of your children than they already do should you even spent more than a second mulling over whether arming teachers is a good idea or not.
The conservative approach to solving every single problem facing America begins with this question: how can we allow a profit to be made? Millions of guns being bought, millions of bullets being bought, millions of teachers being forced to pay for lessons to handle a gun to reduce the overwhelming likelihood that they are only going to kill themselves. Arming teachers is a golden opportunity for every single facet of the gun industry.
Arming teachers will stimulate the economy. Arming teachers will create massive profits. Arming teachers will cause stocks to skyrocket. Arming teachers will buy new luxury cars for CEOs. Arming teachers will make the National Rifle Association more powerful. Arming teachers will do lots of things for America that isn’t being done now. In fact, there is only thing that we can be sure arming teachers will not and cannot do and that is making our schools safer.
A much better alternative is right there in front of anyone closely following the standard operating procedure of Republicans and conservative Democrats bending to the will of the NRA on the issue of even the most basic of gun control legislation. The pro-gun lobby won’t allow them to be referred to as “school shootings” but the irrefutable fact remains that between the Sandy Hook massacre on December 14, 2012 and the rash of college shootings around June 2014, no less than 74 different schools were the site of some type of shooting incident. During that same period, however, not even one single shooting incident took place inside the U.S. Capitol building . Ask yourself a pertinent question: h ow often have you heard of an assault weapon being used to shoot down Congressmen inside the Capitol? How many times have you heard of an assault weapon being used to gun down rich Republican delegates at the GOP National Convention? Senators and Congressmen are not armed. Thank God! And despite the calls for even more lax gun laws, you will notice that no legislation has been introduced to relax gun control laws that keep your Representatives and Senators safe inside their place of business.
Here’s a thought sure to send shivers down everyone who has called for profitization of the Newtown Massacre by arming teachers. Let’s do away with any possible profit and instead use tax dollars gained by raising taxes on the rich to buy whatever machinery is necessary and pay for whatever human beings are necessary to make every school in America as safe from gun violence as the Capitol and the GOP Convention.