How does that old not-so-funny joke go again?

Q: What’s a conservative?

A: A liberal that’s been mugged.

We don’t know what Principal Brian Bolden’s politics were prior to last week, but he was certainly “mugged” by the reality of the armed incursion into Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, GA.

It was then and there that a mentally ill Michael Brandon Hall walked through the school’s fake security door—a simple buzzer system that kindergarteners routinely thwart in schools across the country—with an AK-pattern rifle, several magazines, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Media around the country tried to foolishly credit a school bookkeeper with saving the lives of dozens or hundreds of students, but the simple fact of the matter is that Hall simply didn’t want to kill.

After what must have been several lifetimes of nightmares in the week since the incident, Principal Bolden is now calling for armed guards, and he wants them now.

A recent shooting at McNair Discovery Learning Academy has state and local officials discussing whether to hire armed officers to patrol elementary schools.

The school’s principal, Brian Bolden, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( that he thinks elementary schools should be patrolled by armed police.

“I think one of the reasons is that bad guys are realizing that good guys aren’t in elementary schools — good guys who are armed,” Bolden said.

On Aug. 20, a 20-year-old man shot at police outside the school and was later talked into surrendering to authorities by the school’s bookkeeper. No one was injured.

State School Superintendent John Barge said the state may need to consider helping districts pay for school police officers.

“It’ll be an extremely expensive funding issue,” he said. “But what value do you place on the life of children?

Sadly, the lives of children are far less important than the ideology of administrators in many school districts, who are trying to force themselves (against all rationality) to believe that empathy can stop bullets. That’s even more insane than the tiny bullet-resistant whiteboards some administrators are buying.

By the way: doesn’t Bolden’s comments about good guys with guns sound awfully familiar?