USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- “Our teachers are trained to be educators, not law enforcement, and increasing the number of teachers carrying guns in our schools will not make our kids safer.”
This was the statement made by an unnamed representative of an Oklahoma chapter of Mom's Demand Action (what a stupid name that is, when you think about it) in response to Oklahoma House Bill 2336 which would allow teachers with CCW permits to carry firearms in school to defend themselves, and students should the unthinkable occur on their watch. I spent a fair amount of time breaking that down yesterday on Armed American Radio's Daily Defense broadcast.
When I hear someone say something like this, I have to wonder what is going through their mind, or for that matter, if they are even thinking at all. At this stage of the game, with everything we know about mass killers entering gun-free zone schools and having their way until someone else with a gun shows up, I shake my head in disbelief when I realize there are still people who feel this way.
Let's break the reality down into simple terms for these mental sloths.
Of course, we must remember who we're dealing with in the first place – an orange shirt clad activist who has either swallowed the Kool-Aid pill and believes herself or is too stupid to figure it out in the first place. My experience tells me it's the latter. Either way, the person has failed to accept that keeping teachers defenseless means dead kids until the killer decides to stop. Oh yeah, and dead teachers, too.
To me, it is unconscionable and tells me that more likely than not, this person is putting an agenda in front of a child's life, possibly even mine or yours. How can I make that claim when I don't even know who said it? How can I get into that person's head to tell you here that this person is likely stupid? Well, that's easy. Let's re-write that statement altogether, just for kicks and try to determine what any sane, rational, honest person would think.
What if she had said the following instead? “Our pilots are trained to be pilots, not law enforcement, and increasing the number of pilots carrying guns in our airplanes will not make the flying public safer.” Would she make that statement, especially with 9/11 in the rear-view mirror? I think it's legitimate to ask. Would she feel less safe on a flight to Paris or Las Vegas, for example, knowing her pilot is capable of defending the aircraft? I wonder, would she feel better knowing that nobody could stop someone who would want to take it to the ground, disintegrating her body, or at the very least leaving bits and pieces of it dangling and burning from whatever was left after it slammed into a neighborhood? Likely not. I would bet all the money in the world that if she were sitting on a hijacked flight, (in need of a pair of adult diapers), that she would rather there be a dead hi-jacker with a couple rounds in his head being dragged out of the cockpit by the flight crew than the alternative.
I would also bet that the pilot who saved the aircraft and its occupants would be hailed as a national hero and given an award by a President of either party at a White House ceremony. Oh, and I can also imagine her showing up for the said ceremony because she is not dead with her remains in a shoe box because her body exploded when she disintegrated upon impact.
I think it's safe to say her husband and children, mother and father, siblings, in-laws, and extended family would also be happy that the pilot had a firearm in the cockpit to save their loved one.
What you still don't get it!? Here' let's try it another way.
“Our nations mothers are trained to be moms, not law enforcement, and increasing the number of mothers carrying guns in our homes will not make our kids safer.” That makes me wonder if she read the story about the single mom in Burlington, North Carolina who heard some noises emanating from her kitchen area at approximately 4 AM a couple of days ago? That mom grabbed her gun and went toward the sounds in her house when she was confronted by an armed intruder in her kitchen who fired a shot but missed, thankfully. That enabled the mom to return fire and send the dirtbag fleeing, thereby saving herself and her child from an unthinkable fate.
Does the unnamed orange short clad woman who made that statement feel any less safe when standing in line at a grocery store? How about her bank? What about a Home Depot register, hair salon, restaurant, or gas station? Certainly, this person must know that the odds are in favor of people with guns, including many women, surrounding her as she goes about her daily business of being an orange shirt clad gun prohibitionist? I don't have the answer to that question; I'm merely asking it. I also feel pretty confident that if she were standing in one of those places when a violent individual with a gun burst in threatening to blow her head off unless she “gives it up,” that she would probably thank the woman who pulled her weapon and killed the dirtbag threatening her life.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure her family would thank the woman for saving her life so she could go on being a mom, wife, friend, sister, aunt, daughter and all of the other things living women get to do with their lives because they aren't dead. I'm also pretty darn sure that local law enforcement would hail her savior as a hero and maybe even present that woman with a civic award at a ceremony attended by the still breathing orange shirt clad mom.
Imagine the look on the face of the still living and breathing orange shirt clad woman when she found out that the woman who saved her life was also an elementary school teacher.
About Mark Walters
Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)