Of course, everyone wishes that someone could have taken out the gunmen who killed the innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. However, to suggest that principals keep an assault weapon in their office is ridiculous. Yet it looks like we are now beginning the debate of ridiculousness. Some people think that teachers should be armed too. That is just as ridiculous.
At the forefront of this ridiculousness is Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert has come up with a new zinger:
“I wish to God she had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out and she didn’t have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.”
I wish she did too. Nevertheless, before pronouncing such hopefulness on national television, a little brainwork is in order.
Imagine if every principal in the country kept a machine gun. Worse, imagine if teachers regularly carried sidearms or guns stashed into their desks. True, it would be salvation against nuts like Adam Lanza. Yet as common as these horrid shootings are becoming, schools are even more common. That guns would be ever present in thousands of schools in this country might stop atrocities from nuts like Lanza, but it would open an entire new realm of killings.
Just imagine the next time a principal called a teacher into his or office for a reprimand or to be fired. Consider if two teachers take an intense dislike in each other. We know enough about human emotions that guns in a workplace, especially a tense place like a school is fuel for a disaster. That doesn’t even consider that millions of kids will have access to guns in schools. Yes, the guns may be locked up or secured in some way, but kids are ingenious. Teachers are human and can be forgetful too. There’s no way this idea would turn out okay. Maybe dozens won’t die in mass killings like in Newtown, but dozens multiplied by many times will be shot in conflicts between teachers, principals, parents and students. Schools are places for books, not guns.
Congress should be a place for statesmen, not idiots.