OK, so the thrombosed hemorrhoid made his comments a few days ago now and I'm late to the party. But nevertheless, here we are. Again.
US President Donald Trump has said arming teachers could prevent school shootings like that which left 17 people dead last week in Florida.
Teachers carrying a concealed gun could end attacks "very quickly", he said.
Mr Trump floated the proposal - long-championed by the powerful NRA gun lobby - as emotional survivors of the 14 February massacre urged him to take measures to stop similar attacks.
The US leader called for improved background checks on gun buyers.
"It's not going to be talk like it's been in the past," he said.
OK, all fine and good. This is what the NRA always calls for, no matter what the circumstance.
More Guns. Always more guns.
But what is that going to do? I know I've asked these questions before.
Do we give a drunk driver more alcohol?
How about drug addicts - is easy access to more drugs the answer to their problems?
Paedophiles - how's the church and youth organizations managing access to young boys these days?
Again we have it. People are shot, dead, injured for life. More Guns. Always more guns.
The police train for this sort of thing. Unlike the military, officers aren't actually trained to shoot to kill - they are trained to shoot to stop, with fatal intervention usually being the last resort. Now, I'm no sharpshooter - I've only ever shot a handful of long guns at Boy Scout camp. Occasionally, I manage to hit a stationary target from a prone position with all the time in the world to "dial in" my shot. Try to imagine a civilian with a handgun in total chaos - what are they going to hit?
And then when the police finally do show up, who is getting shot first? My deputy officer cousin in Austin , TX succinctly puts it like this: "When I show up, I don't know who or what you are. All I see is you waving a gun around."More Guns. Always more guns.
In case you missed Bob's "Arm the Teachers
" muse the other day, I also had something to add there.
More guns. Always more guns.
This might be insightful....here are the qualifications for military shooting qualifications. This is from Basic Training, not any specialty school.
Army basic marksmanship training consists of three phases. Training to become a marksmen lasts approximately two to three weeks and ends with qualification testing where you must pass with a minimum score in order to proceed to graduation. Just passing the marksmanship training course will earn you an Army marksmanship badge.
You must hit 23 to 29 out of the 40 targets in order to earn the marksmanship qualification. (57%-72%)
If you do a little better (30 to 35), you qualify for the sharpshooter badge. (75%-87%)
To get an expert badge, you must hit 36 to 40 of the targets. (90% - 100%)
Of course, their job is actually to kill people in combat, so the rates are much higher than what any civilian could hope to attain. The article also goes on to note,
The foxhole position allows you to support your weapon on the solid ground. In my experience, foxhole is the most stable firing position. In order to qualify, you must hit at least 23 out of 40 pop-up targets at ranges varying from 5 meters to 300 meters (approximately 80 to 327 yards).
I'm in a public school every week working with the Boy Scouts. I have yet to observe a foxhole anywhere on the school grounds.
If these statistics are accurate
, we're now at a point where there is a school shooting with multiple casualties about five times a month. That works out to roughly one every six days or so. We're already overdue for the next one.More guns. Always more guns.