Talk of Arming Teachers is a Start, But Let’s Get Serious

The Millcreek Township School District of Erie, Pennsylvania has decided to arm teachers, but not with what you think...
The Millcreek Township School District of Erie, Pennsylvania has decided to arm teachers, but not with what you think…

Fayetteville, AR –-(  The Millcreek Township School District of Erie, Pennsylvania has decided to arm teachers in case of a mass shooting. Before the gun control activists reach a rolling boil, however, the weapons that will be issued are not firearms.

They’re not pellet guns. Nor are they swords. They’re bats. Not bats suitable for baseball or even softball, either. Little bats, better referred to as batons. District superintendent William Hall explained that this would provide teachers a “consistent tool” in case of an attack, admitting that “the bats are more symbolic than anything.”

Where to begin… I’m working hard not to have visions of rabid chipmunks emerging from the Allegheny Mountains to gnaw on the desks. Or an invasion of ping pong balls. Something is better than nothing, but to borrow a thought from Jeff Cooper, under what circumstances a little bat would be the best weapon in an attack on a school is not clear. Walking down a street past bars of rowdy drunks? Perhaps. Dissuading an aggressive panhandler? At times. But when a maniac has planned out an attack with the goal of killing as many students and staff as possible to get himself an unearned spot in the news, a stick—not even a pointy one—is, shall we say, less than ideal.

It’s understandable that teachers and administrators want to “do something” about school shootings. All decent people do. But we have to base our policy decisions on the possible and the reasonable. With that in mind, consider the facts.

For one thing, the United States has almost fifty million elementary and secondary school students. And despite the impression that student activism pushes, school shootings are not on the rise.

Which is to say that schools are among the safest places for children and teens to be. As shocking as it will be to say, doing nothing might be the best response. On the principle that any action comes with risk, whatever solution we call for will have to show that the benefit would be greater than the harm.

Admittedly, little sticks pose little danger, though overconfidence is a possibility. But they are also busywork, creating the impression that something has been done.

A school shooting is an example of a rare event that has far-reaching effects. The annual flu season kills tens of thousands each year in this country alone, but Ebola was foreign and thereby terrifying. Airline travel is much safer than driving, but no one fires X-rays through my book bag or makes me take off my shoes when I get into my vehicle. We’re bad at assessing risk.

Alas, given the political realities, doing nothing isn’t going to please enough people to win a policy proposal. And doing nothing of any consequence isn’t going to stop the few attacks that are going to happen.

What, then, should we do? We need to insist on the facts since a recognition that the risks are minimal will give us the space to be rational. Allowing teachers who are willing to get training in the use of effective weapons to counter a mass shooting and then to have such weapons available to them is a good idea, since attackers have the advantage, especially if law enforcement refuses to act. But the best thing to do would be to work on whatever motivates these attacks.

Gun control is busywork, and handing teachers little bats is a good effort at being as off-topic busy as we can be. But surely we can find better solutions than an aid to teething beavers, and to those people who want to make society better, I’m ready for the discussion.

Greg Camp
Greg Camp


About Greg Camp

Greg Camp has taught English composition and literature since 1998 and is the author of six books, including a western, The Willing Spirit, and Each One, Teach One, with Ranjit Singh on gun politics in America. His books can be found on Amazon. He tweets @gregcampnc.

  • 20 thoughts on “Talk of Arming Teachers is a Start, But Let’s Get Serious

    1. I think your missing the bigger picture. The fact is those little bats could be tomahawked at a shooter, and if 10 kids were throwing them they would stand a very good chance at stopping the shooter. That’s the best idea they have come up with so far. I think any teacher that wants to conceal carry they should be able to.

    2. “the bats are more symbolic than anything.” Yeah, they are symbolic of future victims. It’s too bad that elite ideology is more important than people’s lives. And that the deaths of teachers and students is more useful to them…

      1. Yes, deaths of teachers and students is welcome by certain political groups since it does help with propaganda.
        When I saw the picture I first thought they were going to adopt 14 inch dildosm useful as a bat for self-defense and can be used in sex ed.
        But colors will have to be pink, tan, brown, yellow, green and polka dot lest there be charges of racial disparity.

    3. How about this, anyone want to meet me in the school hallway? You bring your Fav Daily Carry, you have one don’t you? I will bring, oh lets say my SKS Bullpup, yes they exist, and of course a 30 round mag. With the SKS you can hide, but I can shoot threw most anything, good luck, you will need it. No takers, I figured not, but yet you are asking our teachers and even of LE to do it. How about giving them a little better chance, and make it so I can only find 10 rounds mags. It would improve there odds from about 0 to say 20%. Trump thinks a teacher with a gun can take out the bad guy with an AR or better yet an AK. Trump U R A Chump, if you doudt that, go try it yourself.

    4. Apparently, The Millcreek Township School District of Erie, Pennsylvania is more scared of the Anti-Second Amendment Civil Rights movement than potential mass murders. The Millcreek Township School District of Erie, Pennsylvania trusts psychopaths more than it trusts its own school staff. The Millcreek Township School District of Erie, Pennsylvania thinks their government buildings and workers are more valuable than their own children. Well… not my problem.

      1. @WB
        Nothing worse than going to a gun
        fight than with a knife ! OH ! Wait
        There is ! Go With a Rubber Billy Club !
        I Guess Your Right .

        1. @Marc DV, yeah. Seems like the Millcreek Township School District of Erie, Pennsylvania wants their school staff to collect no pension. The township accountant must have come up with this plan.

      1. Well…they were going to be killed anyhow…

        If someone threw you in to a cage of 5 armed killers, would you want to be given a gun, or take your chances talking your way out of it?

    5. NOTHING short of handgun style (police carry,15-20=foot range) tasers should be used by teachers who will not for whatever reason carry a firearm. The bucket of rocks and ridiculous tire pressure thumper bats are nothing but a JOKE and will do nothing other than piss a perp of MORE than he/she already is. AND you have to be in arms length to use it, not much better for the school with buckets of river rocks. The CAVEMAN rocks and sticks ??? C-mon, get frigging realistic !
      TASER GUNS OR FIREARMS in the hand of TRAINED/CERTIFIED school personnel are the ONLY realistic weapons.

    6. Bats!?? Why bats!?? Let’s arm all students and teachers with those large carnival pencils that seemed so popular way back when! Oh, … but that giant lead is probably poisonous, and would become the nex pseudo intoxicant, like Tide pods, snorted condoms, etc. ha!

    7. Long haul truckers use such bats to thump on their tries to do a quick inflation test. The sound of an inflated tire is different than a low tire.
      But to be serious about school security… Some teachers are already experienced shooters but apparently most teachers are not part of the gun culture. Teachers need a background check and mental evaluation to be sure they are not suicidal, seeking to be unarmed victims sacrificed on the alter of gun control.
      Then those teachers who are not suicidal should be armed with SBR in 300 BLK, suppressed and with a 30 round magazine loaded with 220 grain subsonic ammo, an EOTech sight co-witnessed with BUIS. Should a lot faster to learn to shoot than a handgun. Every classroom should have a Bullet Proof Teachers Desk that provides a secure place for the SBR and cover for the teacher so they can defend the classroom.
      Those teachers who can qualify to state basic LEO standards with a handgun can chose to also carry a handgun for those times they are away from their desk helping a student at the student’s desk. Caliber should be 380 or 38 Special minimum.
      No SWAT, building searches or special law enforcement procedures to be required.
      Teachers outside should have AR15 or similar in caliber 5.56 with a 1-6x scope so the football/soccer field or running track security can be effective out to 300 yards.
      Outside of buildings and “gym teachers” security should have SWAT or military sniper / anti-sniper training.

    8. I believe that if they had left paddles in schools and used them when necessary then a lot of these people would have grown up knowing right from wrong and school shootings wouldn’t be as prevalent as they are now.

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