The Communist influence in the Teachers Unions is showing Zip at Weasel Zippers notes that a Gallup poll shows a majority of Americans support the idea of armed teachers
Nobody is proposing every teacher carry a loaded gun on a holster, they recommend several people working at a school have access to a firearm in case some lunatic starts shooting. Seems reasonable to me and according to Gallup, 64% of Americans agree with the idea.
..the nation’s two biggest teachers unions warned Thursday that would be a disastrous idea that sends the wrong message to children.
“Some are actually proposing bringing more guns in, turning our educators into objects of fear and increasing the danger in our schools. Guns have no place in our schools. Period,” reads a rare joint statement from the presidents of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.
In their letter, Dennis Van Roekel of the NEA and Randi Weingarten of the AFT called the idea of arming teachers “astounding and disturbing,” saying it runs counter to educators’ vow to provide safe and secure public schools.
In the days following the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., several high-profile political figures — including Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican — have suggested that instructors or principals be given firearms. They would kept in secure locations and available only to school leaders, who would use them in the event a gunman enters the building or in the case of some other extreme threat to students.
Former Education Secretary Bill Bennett has also voiced support for the idea.
“Suppose the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary who was killed lunging at the gunman was instead holding a firearm and was well-trained to use it. Would the result have been different? Or suppose you had been in that school when the killer entered, would you have preferred to be armed?” Mr. Bennett wrote in a recent column for CNN.com. “Evidence and common sense suggest yes.”
So, these unions, who I bet do not speak for many of the teachers they claim to represent, would prefer that teachers not be given an option to protect themselves and their students? Apparently so. Evidence shows, overwhelmingly, that Americans with concealed carry permits are incredibly responsible and safe, but the unions, being Leftist are vehemently opposed to allowing such people to help secure our schools. this is sad, but not surprising. Unions like the NEA and AFT have become servants of Leftist ideology rather than teachers. And Leftist ideology loathes armed citizens, and ultimately, individuals being responsible for their own protection. The Left being the Collectivists they are, believe that we ought to be reliant upon government for everything. Gun ownership challenges that, and the Left cannot stand that.