Unstable Teacher’s Confiscated Semi-Automatic Rifle Makes Us Glad Guns Aren’t Allowed in Classrooms

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AR-15 military-style rifleIf I've seen one call to arm the teachers in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, I've seen 100. Folks? Here is your wake-up call. A Vermont teacher is now in a mental health facility, and cops have confiscated his guns and ammunition after his out-of-control Facebook postings rattled his small town.

Steven Davis surrendered his AR-15 military-style rifle, two high-capacity magazines, and 500 rounds of ammunition willingly, and has said he never intended to hurt anyone. But his rough week certainly puts in perspective the current push to give teachers guns and put them in close proximity with our kids.

After all, what happens when the teacher is the one who loses it? Who will protect the kids then? And how do we defend the decision to put that gun in the school in the first place?

I'll posit that the suggestion that we arm teachers comes from the right place. Certainly the teachers in Newtown proved themselves to be heroes, protecting their students as a madman took countless lives. The groundswell of support for educators is heartwarming.

And yet, sadly, there is no guarantee that teachers are any more fit to use a gun wisely than any other American. More to the point, there's no guarantee that they are any more apt to be of sound mind.

Face it: teachers have stressful jobs. Just look at Davis. A beloved science and math teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School in Vermont for the past nine years, his crazy Facebook postings very suddenly showed a guy who was frustrated by the system. He was going off about how he was treated by the administration and the union, how much he wanted change.

He was stressed out.

Now stressed out people don't automatically turn into killers all the time, but how many times DO they? You've heard the term "go postal," heard of employees shooting up their place of business? That could be a teacher too. All it takes is that one time. 

And we want to arm them? Provide more opportunities for disaster? Thanks, but I'd rather leave the guns in the arms of law enforcement who aren't just trained to use them but evaluated before being armed.

How about you? Do you worry about arming teachers?

 

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Karma... KarmaGrant

I agree with this article/writer 100%. We should NOT have weapons in the classroom. 

dirti... dirtiekittie

here's an idea: instead of sinking ridiculous amounts of money into foreign wars and buying votes from corporations and succumbing to the greed that is running rampant in government, why don't they put that money into funding our schools and education? maybe we would be able to hire credible staff and administration who can do things so that dedicated teachers like mr davis don't have to become frustrated by the system and the lack of support. i would rather put my tax money into my children's future than overcrowded prisons and foreign wars. 

Doomy234 Doomy234

It was a SEMI-automatic weapon. This man was mentally unstable, but reasonable enough to be committed quietly and without incident. Clearly he knew about his problem. This is why teachers should be mentally evaluated before recieving the job. If it is such a high-stress job why are we sending in teachers who might not possibly handle the job and all its stressful factors?

ethan... ethans_momma06

We should stop arming the police and military too then.


God forbid if one of THEM should 'go postal'.

bills... billsfan1104

Nope I do not worry. I want my teachers armed. Instead of covering boobs jobs(here in Buffalo teachers get it covered), we need to train SOME teachers to be armed.

bills... billsfan1104

Nope I do not worry. I want my teachers armed. Instead of covering boobs jobs(here in Buffalo teachers get it covered), we need to train SOME teachers to be armed.

purvi... purvislets

If you think for one minute that if a teacher snaps and decides to shoot up a school but won't because it's a gun free zone then you are crazy. Imagine, instead, a scenario where a crazy person decides against shooting up a school because they know they willbe met with armed resistance.



Should everyone own and carry weapons? No. Just like not everyone should drive a car. But, in the right hands, a gun protects the innocent from harm that could have been inflicted. If a teacher has been properly evaluated and trained, the I see no reason why they shouldn't be allowed to defend their students against the Adam Lanzas of this world.

nonmember avatar andie

From purvislets above: "If you think for one minute that if a teacher snaps and decides to shoot up a school but won't because it's a gun free zone then you are crazy. Imagine, instead, a scenario where a crazy person decides against shooting up a school because they know they willbe met with armed resistance."

That's nuts. Anyone who is going in to "shoot up a school" has no intention of coming out alive. Armed teachers are no deterrent at all.

purvi... purvislets

Andie: So we just allow then to do so without resistance? Don't you think that if any of the staff at Sandy hook had been armed that maybe some of the casualties could have been prevented? Lanza killed himself as soon as he heard the (armed) police officers entering the school. You are very right about one thing: people like him have no intention of surviving the chaos they create. They also have no intention of getting into a shootout with someone else with a gun. They are cowards who only get cottage because they KNOW that no one will stop them. If you look at the shooter at the mall a week before Sandy hook, it's since been revealed that a citizen with a registered gun had the shooter in his sites, but didn't take the shoot because of innocent people behind the shooter. The shooter did see this man aiming at him and the next shoot he took was the one that ended his own life.



Refusing to arm and protect ourselves pretty much gives crazy people free reign to wreak whatever terror they can dream up.

purvi... purvislets

Forgive the misspellings. My phone hates me lol

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