Teachers Are Already Concealed Carry   Leave a comment

Wow! You just never know when someone is going to blow your presuppositions right out of the water.

Image result for image of concealed carry teachersBrad and I asked a couple from church to allow us to introduce them to First Friday here in Fairbanks (that’s arts in various locations around the business district).and ended up amazed. Because of the controversy of what the husband told us, I’m going to change their names. They are Larry and Millie.

They are retired teachers from somewhere in the middle of the country (one of those blue states that swung red in 2016) and they have moved to Alaska to hangout with their grandchildren and the grandchildren’s mother, who is their daughter. I think they also like their son-in-law.

The subjects during the evening that included dinner, hanging out with the arty people of town, listening to some live music and then coffee and dessert. and a far-ranging conversation on a lot of topics. Poor Brad doesn’t read fiction, so some of the time he was completely left out until we started talking about Shakespeare, which he had read. But then the subject of the Parkland School shooting came up and the current suggestion by conservatives that the government arm the teachers, administrators and janitorial staff and Larry blew us out of the water.

He informed us that a lot of teachers are already armed. We know that to be true. Our friend Ray, a gym teacher, is always concealed carry in his personal life. Larry commended Ray for that, but said we were naive if we thought teachers weren’t already carrying in schools. He then admitted that he had been concealed carry for 15 years before his retirement. No, his school didn’t know about it and it was illegal, “But it was right and necessary.” He’d kept a gun in his car for a good 20 years before that, until he read a story about a woman who had been involved in a mass shooting who had left her gun in the car in order to obey a “no guns allowed” sign. By the time she got to her car and stopped the shooter, six people were dead and several more, including her husband, were wounded. Larry didn’t want to be her and so he prepared to start carrying concealed at work without telling anyone but Millie. Thank God he never needed to use his weapon. He says he’s talked with other teachers who have also hinted that they carry concealed. It’s against the law in most jurisdictions, but teachers have come to a point where they believe they are alone in a desire to protect their students, so most don’t come right out and say “I carry concealed at work” because they don’t want to lose their jobs or be jailed for taking self-defense into their own hands.

“I expect that if you stopped a mass shooter before he could kill more than two people, the school would overlook that you broke the rules,” Larry said.

Related imageLest you think Larry was playing fast and loose with kids’ safety, he already had a concealed carry license for the state he lived in. He took a concealed-carry course again even though he was not required to do so to renew his license. During the summer, he went to Front Sight to improve defensive handgun skills and active shooter confrontation training. He participated in live fire simulations exactly like what FBI and SWAT agents are put through. He did all that before he ever carried his gun into the school, but he points out that his instructors said he already knew everything he needed to know to protect his students before the extra training, which mainly taught him how not to make himself a target while defending his students.

During occasional re-ups, he encountered other trainees who were teachers. He didn’t ask and they didn’t tell. They just looked at each other with a special kind of respect. Some of them were men and some of them were women.

Conservatives want “us” (meaning the government” to arm and train those teachers who are willing to participate, but why? It’s really not a matter of arming teachers and administrators, but to cease disarming them when they report to work. I’ve got several coworkers who are concealed carry because the state agency I work for has chosen not to invade the private of their clothing. We’re safer for that. Being a small woman who can’t hide a gun successfully in office clothes, I have taken note of where those coworkers are located in the building and if an active shooter event comes about, I plan to run that way — because having a chance to live is better than being a victim.

Not every teacher carries firearms. Given how high the progressive liberal rhetoric is in our public schools, there is probably a lower pecentage of concealed carry teachers than concealed carriers in the general population. But there are over three million teachers in public schools and some percentage of them have concealed carry permits that they exercise in their private lives. It would be unlikely that there aren’t at least some members of every faculty in America that have a concealed carry permit … or if they live in Alaska, which does not require a permit, they have at least taken the concealed carry course. I know our friend Ray is not the only local teacher who carries concealed in their personal lives.

To the extent conservatives acknowledge the option of tapping teachers and administrators who already carry in their private lives, they seem trapped in the same box as liberals in feeling the need to point out there are teachers who are also retired military, in the reserves, or former law enforcement officers. That’s probably true and I’m not denigrating those people, although they’ve been trained to shoot the bad guys, not to defend their students and there is a difference. There are also tens of millions of Americans, and likely tens of thousands of teachers, who both own firearms and never served in the military or police, and I suspect they are MUCH safer with their guns than the combat-trained folks.

Image result for image of concealed carry teachersAn armed civilian population constitutes that “well-regulated militia” the 2nd Amendment refers to. What makes a militia a militia is the members not being part of the regular army.

After I got red-pilled about how tyranny really works, I started to recognize the danger of the words “something must be done.” Those four words have been bandied about a lot by people who want to restrict gun ownership. “We can’t let another mass shooting happen again.” “We’ve got to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and the criminal.”  Yeah, there are already laws that propose to do that. How many times must they fail before we admit they don’t work. “If we just ban the guns or at least require everybody to keep them at home, the carnage will stop.”

Really? Hmm. That’s naive and shows a lack of understanding of the violence inherent in human nature. The first two nature-born human beings – Cain and Abel – one killed the other.

Instead of the government “doing something” about mass shootings, it should STOP doing something. Stop prohibiting teachers from carrying into school the same firearms they are licensed and trusted to carry in most other places. It is the path of least resistance to providing realistic protection for schoolchildren. It requires no one to do anything they aren’t already doing successfully out in the world.

No, it won’t stop mass shootings. Nothing will — coz, again, human nature. And not every teacher with a firearm, confronted with the pressure of an active shooter situation, will calmly dispatch the shooter. Some are going to choose to hide just as the trained police officer did in Parkland, Florida.

Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson was assigned to the school as a resource officer. He was on the school grounds during the entire incident. He heard the shooting inside the school, but videos show he remained outside for four minutes during the six-minute mass shooting, which claimed 17 lives. Peterson wasn’t alone. Three other armed law enforcement officers were on the scene and failed to enter the school before backup arrived.

Thomas Paine began his pamphletCommon Sense, widely credited with convincing a critical mass of colonists to support American independence, by making a crucial distinction:

“SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.” He went on to say, “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.”

Local police had been called to this kid’s home 37 times over the past seven years, according to documents obtained by CNN. Members of the family he lived with after his mother’s death report he routinely introduced himself as “a school shooter.”

It wasn’t just local police who dropped the ball on this kid. The FBI was warned multiple times about him, including by “an unidentified woman close to the kid who called the FBI a month before the incident, warning of her fears he would “get into a school and just shooting the place up.” The FBI was also called in September 2017 by a video blogger who said a user using the shooter’s name had posted a comment on one of his videos, saying, “I”m going to be a professional school shooter.”

Image result for image of concealed carry teachersThis should inspire more than mere outrage at government incompetence. Americans should take a long, hard look at how much of what should be personal and private they have allowed government to become involved in and how badly it has failed them. Let’s be realistic. If government can’t effectively run education or health care, it certainly shouldn’t be trusted with something as important as the defense of ours or our children’s lives.

Let’s get government out of the way and let the people try something that hasn’t been tried before and has a potential for working because it worked about 500,000 times last year.

 

Society can come together to create miracles, but the institution of government is nothing more than consolidated brute force. We need to remember that . Mass shootings are horrible situations under any circumstances, but they may be rendered less horrible if the victims have options other than to call the government and wait.

States that haven’t already should repeal any laws necessary to give the right and the responsibility for self-defense back to teachers and other school employees. Allowing them the option to carry firearms will both act as a deterrent to future shooters and give teachers a reasonable chance to defend their students and themselves the next time the need arises. And, if shooters learn that they’re not going to get 15 minutes of fame because the vice-principal is likely to kill them while they’re just getting started, maybe … possibly … if we take away their incentive to shoot large numbers of people … they’ll decide to go out through suicide by cop or blowing their own brains out without killing anyone else, which btw, they usually do upon being confronted by an armed someone who has decided not to be a victim.

Government control of our destiny has failed. It’s time to try a little freedom.

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