Attorney Shane F. Krauser recently posted an op-ed on the Fox News site titled “Arming untrained teachers puts our kids at greater risk.” His underlying thesis — adequate training — isn’t inherently unreasonable, but, like too many, he misunderstands the dynamics involved. He writes:
In the wake of this tragedy, there is growing support among Second Amendment advocates for arming teachers with guns. Nothing could be more important than making sure the people who defend our children are adequately trained to do so. The sentiment is understandable.
Columbine, Virginia Tech and now Newtown are all stark reminders of the havoc that can be wreaked by evil people with guns.
However, the overly simplistic proposal to arm all teachers is a knee-jerk reaction of monumental proportions that could ultimately hurt their cause. To say that it is not well thought out would be a gross understatement.
Krauser gives due deference to the unalienable American right to self-defense, and reasonably notes:
Mike McDaniel is a former police officer, detective, and SWAT operator, and is now a high school English teacher.