Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Armed Shepherds

A tiny Texas district will allow teachers and staff members to carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings when classes begin this month, provided the gun-toting employees follow certain requirements.

The small community of Harrold in north Texas is a 30-minute drive from the Wilbarger County Sheriff's Office, leaving students and teachers without protection, said David Thweatt, superintendent of the Harrold Independent School District. The lone campus of the 110-student district sits near a heavily traveled highway, which could make it a target, he argued.
I've been a fan of this for a while, a long while.

And the superintendent nailed it with this:
"When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that's when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can't defend themselves? That's like saying 'sic 'em' to a dog," Thweatt said in a story published Friday on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Web site.
Hmmm... you don't say?
Read more here.

Some questions:
-Would it make you feel uncomfortable knowing that a teacher at the school you attend or your children attend is armed?
-What about licensed people around you at the grocery store or in restaurants?
-Would you post a "No Guns" sign in your front yard?
-If you had a child in this district or if your district were to allow this, what concerns would you have (if any)?

1 comment:

lastrow said...

That this is in Texas is hardly surprising.

I'd be cool with it, at least I'd know my kid was safe from students who fantasized about shooting up the school.

Now if the teach flipped, well yeah it'd be trouble...