Wednesday’s mass shooting in Broward County, Florida was the worst school shooting in American history. That’s heartbreaking no matter what your political beliefs are. Speaking of political beliefs, we’ve seen a lot of Democrats trying to score political points off of this tragedy and virtue signaling about gun control. That’s silly. No law would have stopped this killing from happening. Instead of pretending that criminals follow the law why don’t we actually start talking about solutions to the problem that could actually work?
Looks like Rep. Thomas Massie is trying to do just that.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is urging his Congressional colleagues to repeal federal restrictions so teachers can carry guns for defense of themselves and their students.
His efforts revolve around a repeal of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. He introduced that repeal on January 3, 2017, then renewed the push on Twitter two days after Nikolas Cruz made his way onto the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, shooting at defenseless victims in a gun-free zone.
Here’s a visual example of what Massie is saying.
This makes perfect sense.
Why? Because the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. That might make you uncomfortable. You might not like guns. But, that’s still the truth.
From National Review:
But here are two reforms that schools can make at minimal expense. First, if they have unarmed security guards, they can hire armed ones instead. And two, they can pay their teachers a little extra to become trained as armed security guards and carry guns while on the job. Per the Houston Chronicle’s Chron.com,
That’s something a teacher could easily accomplish during summer vacation, even if schools insisted on rigorous training. If a few teachers in each school did this, schools would gain a line of defense against shooters without hiring more personnel or introducing more police officers into the school environment.
It’s really just common sense.
Only a hyper-partisan ideologue would look at this and be upset. This is bigger than politics. Or at least it should be.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]