Tennessee is the latest state to consider legislation that will require schools in the state to have an armed staff member at all times, something that until now has been prohibited. Most Tennessee high schools do have “resource officers,” which are essentially armed police officers, but a bill being proposed by State Senator Frank Niceley in the next legislative session would also allow teachers or other members of administrative staffs to carry concealed weapons if the school could not afford a “resource officer.” His bill would require that all schools have at least one armed official on campus. TPM reported that Niceley recommends against using a uniformed officer and favors armed school personnel:
“‘Say some madman comes in. The first person he would probably try to take out was the resource officer. But if he doesn’t know which teacher has training, then he wouldn’t know which one had [a gun],’ Niceley said by phone. ‘These guys are obviously cowards anyway and if someone starts shooting back, they’re going to take cover, maybe go ahead and commit suicide like most of them have.’”
Liberals claim that there’s an inconsistency in conservatives’ thinking about arming school teachers. They point out that conservatives are so critical of public schools, calling them “indoctrination camps,” yet all of a sudden we’re in favor of giving them guns. Maybe they have a point. Why would we be in favor of giving guns to people who we claim brainwash our kids?