A Test Case for Armed Self-Defense in Schools
My professors taught me to challenge my ideas with a test case. Some critics of self-defense claim that armed teachers would be more dangerous than a murdering madman because, and I paraphrase slightly, “a teacher would open fire in a room full of five year olds and shoot the kids. That is why guns must be kept out of schools.” (I chose this blogger as representative, but you can do your own web search to find similar examples.) It is possible that armed staff could shoot innocent students, though we have not seen this happen in practice. Rather than argue about relevant data sets and statistical probabilities, let’s apply a test case to see what you might do.
Imagine you are a teacher (very unlikely in my case), a teachers aid (not impossible), or a parent visiting the classroom ( been there several times.) The unthinkable happens as a gunman fires on the locked back door of your school. This sets off an alarm, and you, the teacher, close the locked classroom door to isolate the room from the hallway. You lower a blind over the small window built into the door. The young children tip over their desks and hide behind them. You too retreat to the corner of the classroom and crouch behind your desk. All that is bad enough, but now things get worse as the gunman bangs on your locked classroom door. The gunman even tries to enter your classroom by shooting at the door.
This is a very bad day in school, and I want to ask you one simple question. Suppose you are armed with a handgun to defend your students. You trained just enough to be safe with the weapon, but you’re not a competitive marksman by any measure. You could aim the gun at the doorway and shoot at the gunman as he enters the room, or you could do something else.
Would your students be safer if you shot at the gunman or if you hid your gun and attacked the gunman with your bare hands?
It is a simple question about an unlikely event, but most of us know how we would answer. Larry Correia thought about it a lot. I would not trust my children to a teacher who would not use a tool to defend them.
Robert the simple
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