Greg Laden responds to the recent change in policy allowing teachers with concealed carry permits to carry in one particular public high school in north Texas should they so choose. If only the teachers had guns…. (Texans = Morons). Here’s CNN’s original story.
The school is a 30-minute drive from the nearest police station, and the board decided that it was better to have somebody armed than waiting so long for the police to respond. Greg does not think this is a good idea, to put it mildly. Neither do most of his commenters. I have another perspective.
Every public college in Utah allows faculty and students to carry on campus if they have a state concealed carry license. So does Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia and Colorado State University. None have ever had a shooting.
Texas and more than 30 other states have had concealed carry laws for years. Anyone who has no criminal record may take a training class, pass a proficiency test, and get a permit to carry a pistol almost anywhere in public. When those laws were first proposed, gun control advocates predicted blood in the street and shootouts over parking spaces. Those specters have completely failed to materialize, and violent gun crime by concealed carry permit holders is statistically negligible.
Further, school shootings have been stopped by gun-carrying students and teachers. While it would be neither legal nor wise to allow underage high school students to carry weapons, the simple fact of the matter is that every day millions of legally licensed civilians carry firearms in the US without committing crimes. It has been estimated that those same civilians prevent numerous crimes every day. The fever dream of license-holders suddenly snapping and shooting has simply not happened. Teachers have not been exceptions. Nor has there been any outbreak of bystanders caught in crossfire.
This is a site where we’re supposed to discount magical thinking. Let’s not let snap emotion get the best of us when the facts point in the opposite direction.