McDaniel: Armed Teachers – Riskier Than Other Armed Citizens? (1)

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.

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  • Jack

    I completely agree with Mike’s rebuttal and have said so on a number of occasions.

    The answer is simple. Given a choice do you want your children murdered as a school stands helpless in the face of armed violence or do you give your school staff a reasonable alternative in response?

    To me it’s a “no brainer”, especially when you stop to consider the number of firearms out there, the “fruitcakes” who continue to run loose and the potential for harm now so clearly evident.

    Read it all and then stop and think. They are, after all, YOUR children. What would you desire as a mad man runs through your school “killing the unarmed at will”?

    Hiding under a desk or in a closet?

    Give me a break. There are alternatives and Mike is correct. There is no other appropriate solution to the question and as US schools react and arm their schools I applaud.

    They “get it” — finally.

    My point: All of this school violence everywhere could have been stopped in it’s tracks years ago had the proper people been armed. That isn’t exactly “news” but it is reality in our world this day as sadists everywhere continue to seek out and exploit the weak. It doesn’t have to be that way. It “is” because we continue to permit it. I think we should call a moratorium on “weakness” and end the stupidity.

    It’s simple common sense and I truly don’t care about the “shooter” who makes the mistake of thinking he has a captive audience and walks unwittingly into a nightmare of his own making. It will look damned good on him.