Yesterday, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced a plan to arm school staff and teachers with state funded conceal weapons training and licensing. The announcement came as a means to provide additional security for our kids. Immediately after the announcement, mainstream media, school districts, teacher unions and law enforcement went to work.
From Houston Police Department's and Houston Independent School District police department's perspectives, law enforcement should remain the answer, even though neither can be everywhere at any given time. While schools are waiting for them to respond, kids, teachers and staff have been and will continue to be murdered. Those familiar with guns will know, you can empty two clips, regardless of whether those clips belong to a hand gun, or an assault rifle, in less than a minute.
School districts and teachers unions are saying, 'WHAT!' What about the $5.4 billion you took from us the last legislative session? How much will providing these conceal weapon permits and training cost? Both will argue, 'our teachers needs books, our districts need funds' and then there's that, 'we can't meet our budgets' and you want to throw money away on arming teachers and staffs?
Dewhurst said, "With the increased violence we've seen in public schools in recent years, we must do everything we can to protect the safety and well-being of our most precious possession - our children." How can you honestly argue against that(chron.com)?
"I think all we would succeed in doing is getting some teachers killed," said Houston Federation of Teachers president Gayle Fallon. "The other issue is, I don't really want to see a gun battle with a bunch of small children around." One would think a better scenario would be to have a gun battle instead of a massacre. Imagine the lives saved during the gun battle, versus the lives lost during a massacre.
Keep in mind, Dewhurst has only proposed this legislation, which mainstream media's anti-gun advocates has spoon fed to the public in order to continue the push to do away with the Second Amendment. As we should all know, anything in Texas that comes with a full head of steam can quickly lose that stream during the debate process.
What mainstream media has done is, turn this proposal into a debate over budgets, traditions and the Second Amendment, which have absolutely nothing to do with school safety.