Thursday, August 21, 2008

Texas School OK’s Conceal-and-Carry Policies for Teachers

Judas Freaking Priest! Not only does Texas have an express lane to the death penalty, but now the district in Harrold, TX approved conceal-and-carry policies for teachers. If the teachers will actually do it this year, and how many may do it, is unknown.

As a matter of full disclosure I am a supporter of gun rights, own several firearms, have shot since I was 6 years old, but I am not a member of the NRA.

According to the AP story, Superintendent David Thweatt had this to say:

"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that's when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can't defend themselves? That's like saying 'sic 'em' to a dog," Thweatt said in Friday's online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

If the above statement makes sense to you, then you are too damn dumb to argue with. The implication is ridiculous. As if school shootings started because we outlawed guns in schools. The government’s anti-gun laws are at fault for school shootings? We didn’t have guns in school before that. Not really. We did have kids with rifles in the back window of their pick-ups so they could hunt after school. Other than that, we didn’t have some kind of cowboy free-for-all, gun-toting faculty.

The school does make some requirements for teachers who wish to carry:
  • Texas conceal-and-carry permit
  • Authorization from the district to carry
  • Training in crisis management and hostile situations
  • And anti-richochet ammunition

I suppose proper handgun safety training is too much to ask? How about psych evaluations? If teachers are going to act as law enforcement officials, should they not receive such training?

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