Arming educators is a really, really bad idea
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Feb 25, 2013 | 2854 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OK, Alabama legislators, take a deep breath and then list all the educators you know.

Now, take another deep breath and underline all the educators on that list that you would want to carry a gun in the public school where they work.

That done, give your local police a call and ask how many of those selected educators the police would want carrying a gun in the public school where they work.

Highlight those educators. (If the police say they do not want educators carrying guns in their public schools, go to the last paragraph and follow those instructions.)

However, if the police approve any names, call those educators on your list whose names are not underlined or highlighted. Read them the names of the underlined and highlighted educators and ask them who they would feel comfortable carrying a gun around the public school where they work. Circle those.

After you have done that, call the educators whose names are underlined, highlighted and circled. Ask them if they would be willing to take the time to train to be security guards capable of handling a crisis situation involving a “shooter” in a building full of children and teachers.

Make another list. On it, place the names of the underlined, highlighted, circled and willing.

You’ve done your research. You’ve polled law enforcement to get their opinion of who should be armed in public schools. You’ve polled educators you know to get their opinion of who should be armed in public schools. You’ve polled educators who made the law enforcement/fellow educators cut. With that information, contact parents, read them the names of those remaining on the list, and ask them if they would want these people carrying guns around the public school which their children attend.

(We know this will take time, but it is your responsibility as a legislator to take the time to ask questions that should be asked before voting on something that affects so many people.)

Finally, if there are any names left on the list, crumple it into a ball, throw it into the trash can and face the fact that just about everyone you polled thinks the plan to allow school administrators and other school employees to double as armed security at public schools is a really, really bad idea.

Then vote against the bill that would authorize such a hair-brained scheme and move on to other things.
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