Seven years ago,following the terrible mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre stated, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Of course, gun-ban proponents went on the attack. And they’ve been attacking ever since—even though none of the anti-gun proposals they have pushed since then would help stop public shootings.
So imagine their dismay when the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, tasked to look into ways to stop school shootings after the terrible murders last February in Parkland, Fla., recently recommended arming teachers to protect students.
“In the ideal world, we shouldn’t need anyone on campus with a gun, but that’s not the world we live in today,” said Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd, a member of the commission. “One’s not enough. Two’s not enough. We need multiple people in order to protect the children.”
Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the commission, had similar sentiments.
“Why shouldn’t we give people an opportunity to take someone out before they engage in greater carnage and greater killing?” Gualtieri asked. “We have to give people a fighting chance, we have to give them an opportunity to protect themselves.”
The commission isn’t proposing that schools force every teacher to carry a firearm, whether they want to or not, as anti-gunners would have you believe. They are suggesting that teachers who wish to, and who undergo proper training, be allowed to carry firearms at school.
Not surprisingly, those who oppose private gun ownership immediately attacked the commission, which spent nine months examining the attack and what could have stopped it.
“There is no evidence that arming teachers makes kids safer,” said Gay Valimont of the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Our children deserve real solutions to keep them safe from gun violence, … not policies that will put them at even higher risk.”
Such a statement is proof that many who hate guns and gun ownership will never accept proposals involving armed self-defense, even if they could be effective in saving the lives of schoolchildren.
Fact is, LaPierre’s “good guy with a gun” statement is as true now as it was seven years ago. But that won’t stop gun-ban advocates from putting their political agenda ahead of the safety of children—something they’ve proven over and over again.