On occasion I listen to NPR shows on the radio. On November 9, 2017 I listened to Here and Now who was interviewing Mike Weisser (@MikeTheGunGuy) a member of the NRA and a leading “guns” enthusiast. He stated the following, which is something I have not heard anyone else say in this discussion, and certainly not in the arguments inTaking Sides.
“First of all, the idea that in a small-town Baptist Church in rural Texas, that there weren’t people in the church with guns, is absurd. And why nobody jumped up with a gun is because people aren’t trained to do that. And if you’re sitting in a church and you’re praying and, you know, it’s a moment of quiet and solitude and everything else, even if you’ve got a gun, and somebody comes in open the front door and starts blasting away, you’re going to do what everybody does: You’re going to hit the floor.”
His opinion is that an educator is not going to have the type of experience that would allow them to be able to fire back at a moving intruder, especially one who is firing a weapon with the intention to kill them. He emphasized that when educators go to gun ranges they are firing on a target that is not moving.
My opinion on this topic is that the schools need to first fortify schools. There have been enough shootings in the last 25 years to give an architectural designer the ability to fortify schools against the types of attacks that have taken place to date. If someone is going to be armed for the purpose of defending a school against an armed intruder, it should be done by someone who is there for that, and only that, purpose.
The only reason schools have funded training of volunteer teachers is because they are too cheap to spend the necessary funds to first fortify the buildings and secondly to hire professional security.