Recently I was talking with a couple of local highschool teachers and their petition to start packing in the classroom. We discussed the issues involved and it was rather thought provoking.
Eventually I came to the conclusion that I would support teachers packing while teaching as well as other non-teaching staff, such as adminstration and guidance counselors. Assuming of course that each individual wishing to carry met the requirements for carrying in their respective state.
My biggest reason for supporting packing-teachers is that I believe our schools are totally porous to guns. Time and again we have seen that despite precautions, sick folks with bad intentions have no trouble getting weapons into schools. If guns so easily get into schools the ideal of a "gun free zone" is hopeless. Given this reality I would like people that I generally have a high respect for (ie teachers) to be armed, thus being able to possibly defend themselves and our kids if necessary.
Teachers packing is a hot button issue. However something needs to be done to better defend our schools, kids, and teachers. The status quo is unacceptable and blaming guns is equally unacceptable.
Incidentally some readers may find this "The View" video interesting.
Rosie using the typical gun grabbing punchlines. Elisabeth Hasselbeck briefly mentions the possibility of packing teachers, but its gets run over in the course of conversation. A worthwhile watch.... Hasselbeck deserves a medal in my opinion for her defense of gun rights and trying to steer the debate to the rational.