Monday, August 18, 2008

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

This story comes courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in the Lone Star State. Surprised?
When classes start Aug. 25 in the tiny Harrold school district, there will be one distinct difference from years prior: Some of the teachers may have guns.
To me, it seems much more likely that one of these gun-toting teachers will accidentally or intentionally shoot someone rather than prevent an armed assault on the school. Not so, says the school district superintendent. He blames the supposed rise in school shootings on the federal government's policy to restrict guns in American schools.
"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started," Thweatt said. "Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying 'sic ’em’ to a dog."
So, Mr. Superintendent, is there performance pay available for teachers who hit any available targets?

UPDATE: Enjoy a much wittier post than mine on this same topic -- which I discovered just after completing my post -- from the one and the only Kevin "Red Dawn" Carey.

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