Most teachers are great people. They’re like nurses in a lot of ways. They want to help people, particularly children, learn things that they think is really fun, interesting, and helpful for life. (I know what you’re thinking and just don’t even go there. We all have different experiences.) It’s a challenging job. They have to deal with children who have all kinds of learning styles and maybe disabilities, some may come to school dirty and hungry, some might be sick, sleepy from staying up all night, or tired from taking care of siblings or parents, have psycho-social problems, need medications for medical reasons, or any number of other issues. And then there are the parents-some are the “helicopters” who seem to micro-manage everything all the way to the ones who just don’t give a rat’s tail.
Teachers never seem to have adequate supplies from their school system. Equipment might/might not work. Directives can be onerous. Textbooks can be so old as to be nearly useless. And on and on.
Now we have the public trying to make them into armed guards/EMTs to counter the threat of active shooters. I know of more than one educator that has said that if that becomes a requirement that the day a resignation will be written. Just not going there. I cannot say that I disagree. With everything else required of them, this is a bridge too far.
Why is that? Because it never should have gotten to this point to start with. There are just too many guns in our society. Let’s face a concrete fact. If the sheer number of weapons was decreased by 95%, our rate of deaths means other than natural would drop like a rock. We simply do not need all these guns (except in our John Wayne dreams.)
If that offends, you’ll just have to be offended. I’ve lived all these years and the only thing I’ve ever known guns to be used for is to threaten and hurt other human beings, not to defend them.
Enough. Let’s come up with some gun laws that work and get at least some of these guns off our streets. More guns is not the answer. Protect our towns and our children. Vote Blue in 2022. Save America from turning red with blood.