One of the proposals floating out there right now to try and combat school shootings is to allow teachers to carry their lawfully owned firearms into the classroom. This is typically phrased as “arming teachers,” but that’s not quite what we’re talking about here as that phrase indicates firearms would be issued to teachers or something.
However, in the discussion of this, particularly in Florida, we’re hearing a lot of rhetoric. Some of it makes almost no sense at all, while others make even less sense.
Take, for example, this tidbit that surrounded the debate over allowing teachers to carry in Florida.
The fact that teachers could soon be allowed to carry firearms inside schools wasn’t sitting well with gun-control supporters, either.
“It bothers me to think as a father of two young boys to tell them to not be aggressive to your teacher,” said Sen. Oscar Branynon (D-Miami Gardens).
The lawmaker told the Sun Sentinel that he and other black fathers across Florida will now have to include teachers when talking to their children about how to act around armed authority figures.
“Please don’t make it dangerous for children who look like my children to go to school,” he said.
As the father of a teen boy and a young girl, it doesn’t bother me in the least to tell them to not be “aggressive” to their teachers.
Bear in mind that the word “aggressive” has a definite connotation here, and that has nothing to do with challenging a teacher’s assertions in the classroom. Personally, I did that a time or two when I was in school, and it wasn’t a problem in the grand scheme of things.
However, that wasn’t really being “aggressive.”
No, being aggressive to a teacher is to threaten a teacher, to make them fear for their safety in some way, even if not for their life. What Branynon did was basically say that he feels like his boys should have the right to act in threatening ways to their teachers.
In the process, however, he tipped the hand of the entire anti-gun movement.
You see, it’s not about reducing crime. Not really.
Oh, there are some who think it will do just that, but it doesn’t take long to realize that criminals will continue to act like criminals regardless of what tools are available to them.
What the gun control movement is really about is making it so that people have no means to resist. Not only can we not resist criminals, but also a government that wants to run roughshod over the American people. After all, the politics of people who want to curtail our access to firearms are the same people who want to subvert the entire Constitution.
They want us to be like Branynon’s sons’ teachers, unarmed and unable to respond to “aggression.”
Should people have to teach their kids to not act in a threatening way to their teachers? Yes. But it’s not a white/black thing, it’s a decency thing. The fact that it’s even part of the discussion, however, is telling.
What’s really curious is how little the teachers’ unions have had to say on the topic.