I can tell you as a former teacher I would do anything to protect the pupils in my care. But if I was a teacher now and was expected to protect them with a gun, you'd have to pay me, at the very least, the salary of a police officer in addition to my teacher's salary. If I had to be someone who works two professions, I better be paid that way! And of course the multimillion dollar NRA would never put up the money to pay for all the security they're proposing for schools.
Given my background regarding how I feel about guns, (see my previous post of January 22nd) never in a million years would I take up a gun thinking that I would really be able to shoot the damn thing straight enough to take the bad guy out. So, arming teachers, most of whom don't want to be armed, is the answer?
And then after we arm teachers, what's the next place to be armed and who? How about arming the ticket takers, ushers and concessionaires at theaters, the cabana people at resorts, waitresses and waiters in all restaurants, all members of sports teams (they'd have to be extra careful not to bump into each other while they carry) T.V. news camera operators while they're filming reporters doing their jobs on scene, cashiers and stock people at grocery stores, all the seniors who walk the halls of the local mall, every medical person in hospitals and clinics, every student in high school and college, everyone in all office buildings from janitors to secretaries to the business people, : in other words, let's make EVERY SINGLE PERSON living in the country carry a gun. Will the F***** gun manufacturers and their parasitic NRA be happy then?????
In light of all the guns then being carried by literally everyone, how many tourists would want to come here? How many scientists, exchange students, business people? When the thought of everyone you pass on the street or in buildings in the United States is carrying and given the huge amount of nut jobs, gang members and generally pissed off assholes who think (and I use that term loosely) the "guvmint" is coming for their guns and stamping on their "rights" roaming the streets who are also carrying (because the NRA is against background checks and closing the gun show loopholes), why would anyone come here? There are other countries to visit that are just as beautiful. There are other ways to do business without actually stepping foot on US soil. There are other universities in other countries just as good as what we have to offer here. There is nothing here in the United States that is not offered by other countries.
And please don't start yelling that we have a democracy..... and freedom..... and rights..... That's a bunch of bullshit. With the crap dished out by the Republican/Tea Party, women's freedom and rights are going down the toilet, along with voting rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What we have is a desperate war for the very soul of this country and it's being stolen by the rich who don't give a rat's ass for those who are not in their sphere of society. Those bastards must be stopped but given the bazillion dollars being poured into Republican coffers it's an uphill battle. If we have any students left in the coming years who haven't been blown away and haven't been infected by the dumbing down of all things taught in those schools which disdain math, science and critical thinking, maybe, just maybe the future can be saved for the good, the intelligent, the caring, the people who have hearts and souls.