Is Arizona's disarmed school system coming to an end?
A committee of the Arizona Legislature is weighing arguments made today over a proposal to let people with permits to carry concealed weapons bring guns to K-12 schools, community colleges and universities.
The Senate’s Judiciary Committee listened to more than two hours of testimony about the proposal, but didn’t take a vote.
The testimony came four days after a gunman opened fire during a lecture at Northern Illinois University, killing five young people before turning a gun on himself.
Supporters say the permit-holders should be allowed to carry guns at schools so they can defend themselves and others if a gunman starts shooting people and police haven’t yet arrived at the scene.
Opponents say police officers urgently responding to a school shooting might have difficulty distinguishing innocent permit-holders from the gunman.
Here’s a hint: the innocent permit holder is the one standing over the carcass of the perpetrator, with barrel smoking. The perp is the guy with blood pouring from the massive head and chest wounds.
This is a good idea, but seriously: with teachers as leftist as they typically are, just how much impact will this have? Hoplophobes are just as ineffective against crime as disarmed hoplophiles. Granted, parents would also be able to pack when they drop off and pick up their kids, but if you were a perp, wouldn’t you pick a time to start the carnage when people were not crowding the parking lot, trying to get in and out of school? That way, your target rich environment would consist of students (disarmed by law) and leftist teachers (disarmed by fear and inexperience), with the lower probability of an armed person.
So what’s the solution? Homeschooling, at least as I see it. That way, you kill two birds with one stone – you can protect your family and teach them at the same time.