I had a grade school teacher at school in Rhode Island. One day, while we were lining up after recess, one of us noticed a bulge in his right hand jacket pocket (remember when male teachers routinely wore jackets and female teachers wore dresses?) and asked him what it was. He pulled out his snub nosed Colt Detective Special in .38 S&W Special Caliber and showed it to us. We were amazed, curious and pleased, all at the same time. Funny thing about it was, nobody felt intimidated, frightened or in danger because of that incident. In fact, we all felt safer. Nobody called the authorities, the school, nor took their children out of school because of it. He suffered no negative consequences whatsoever. Neither did we. Of course, this was in the late, late '40’s/early '50's, so I guess we’re much more violent as a species now than we used to be shortly after WW II.
Posted by Guest on 04/10 at 04:04 PM | #
I would like to respond to Mr. Hank Wilsons post dated 4/08: Dear Mr. Wilson, first I would like to say that I have respect for your opinion which you posted in response to Dr. Boys article " The Answer to School Shootings is More Guns!" And I trust that you will believe me sincerely, when I say, that nothing in my response is meant to ridicule you. But I must inform you of some realities regarding the immediate presence of police during a confrontation with a violent felon and your own personal safety, as well as your own loved ones, if they are with you, whether at home or out in public. I am a retired New York City Police Officer. I served 20 years in that position from 1981 to 2001 in various assignments in the counties of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Criminals are spontaneous opportunists and must be confronted spontaneously. They do not carry out their criminal intentions when the police are present. You must have the training, knowledge and the right tool to thwart a criminal attack. I tell you the truth, that in my experience, 99.9% of all felonious crimes that I personally responded to, the criminal had the opportunity to commit his crime and flee before my arrival on the scene. Mr. Wilson, what I am trying to tell you is, That YOU have the God given right and responsibility to stop any person that threatens you, your family and the sanctity of your home. The police, more than likely, are just not going to be there if you need them. Please don't be deceived by the media, any politician or ideology that tells you otherwise. Please don't misunderstand - I do believe that it is important that communities maintain police departments that are representative of that particular community. They most certainly have an affect in their uniform presence. But as far as that spontaneous moment I spoke of earlier - it really comes down to you protecting yourself and with what means. This is not a pleasant subject but this is the reality. Sincerely, Eric Marcy
Posted by Eric Marcy on 04/09 at 01:54 PM | #
There is an old saying, " Evil triumphs when good men do nothing".
The same is true for guns. When I see those idiotic 'Gun-Free zone' signs..it almost makes me laugh. Who obeys those signs? We do..the law abiding citizens. Who ignores those stupid signs? The criminal or psycho who sneaks a gun into the building to murder!
Even a few churches now allow members (who have a gun-carry license) to carry a gun for protection..during Church service. Why not? We are not the problem..contrary to the stupid liberals who make the 'gun-free' signs. All those signs do is reassure the psychos that they have free reign when they start shooting & killing.
liberals refuse to think with maturity & will never learn..
Posted by George from Atlanta on 04/08 at 02:11 PM | #
Hmmm. More guns. I would suppose that your argument would also suggest that high school teachers should be carrying.
As a teacher, my immediate reaction is 'no way'. I'm not carrying a gun to school.
What if I use it? Who pays for the legal bills? Should the school board? Imagine the increase in insurance rates.
We have trained people who carry weapons who are their in enforce the laws and protect people. They are called police. If I had wanted to be a policeman, I would have become one. the benefits are better, the pay is better, and the working conditions are better.
Posted by hank wilson on 04/08 at 12:29 PM | #
The Answer to School Shootings is MORE Guns!
Posted by Dr. Don Boys on Apr 7, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Guns are not the problem. People are. When good guys are armed the bad guys will be a little slower to act out their hostility
It is very serious and is not hyperbole to state that the answer to school shootings is more guns. I believe that school shootings, such as last week’s tragedy at the Christian university in California, would disappear if everyone knew that each school had two or three teachers (or administrators) who were armed and considered dangerous (to the bad guys), and willing to defend the defenseless. Guns are not the problem. People are.More...
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