Which madness? that is not a glib question, it’s an honest one.
Here in Texas, we have had armed teachers since 2007. No accidents, no guns being taken from teachers, no problems at all.
The Santa Fe shooting took place in a school district that has its own police force. When the shooting started, two officers were on the scene in about four minutes and engaged the shooter. One of the officers was critically wounded, but the other was able to return fire, wound the shooter and make the arrest.
Unlike the deputy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who disobeyed department policy which calls for immediate engagement, the Santa Fe officers honored their oaths and engaged a shooter armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. A 12-gauge shotgun can give an AR-15 lessons in lethality when it comes to short ranges.
Sadly, as happens all too often, even a fast response gives a shooter plenty of time to commit their crimes. Adam Lanza’s murderous spree lasted just about five minutes from the time he broke a window to gain access to Sandy Hook Elementary to the time he took his own life. Responding police heard only the final suicide shot.
Allowing teachers and staff members to volunteer to carry firearms isn’t a perfect solution. But there aren’t any perfect solutions and that’s something that far too many people are unwilling to understand.
As Mark Glaze, former executive director for Everytown for Gun Safety and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told the Wall Street Journal, none of the things those groups propose would have stopped a mass shooter.
The best we can do is make it harder for would-be killers to get to their victims, buying time for a responder to arrive. We can also make it more difficult to bring undetected guns into schools.
Yes, it would be preferable to have a sworn law enforcement officers that has been trained as a school resource officer in every school. But who is going to pay for it? I haven’t yet heard anyone call for higher school taxes to cover the shortfalls school districts are already experiencing. And nobody has stepped up to say that the residents of a school district should pay for more protection.
If it’s madness for us to allow school staff willing to put themselves in harm’s way to do so with a fighting chance when we don’t offer an alternative, then more power to the madness.