It's been a relatively slow day at the office, which gives me time to pay attention to what's going on at home, half a world away. A good chunk of time was spent arguing/discussing where the blame lies, and what, if anything, allowing faculty to carry would have done with a couple of night owls on the ol' Facebook.
Now that the rest of the world (ok, the US) is waking up, some people with a better command of language have summed up a lot of what I was trying to convey.
Breda linked a post she wrote years ago that does a great job of explaining what angers me the most about the situation. I have lots of respect for teachers, and I think that if they are willing they would be the thoughtful and responsible type of people that should be allowed to carry a firearm. I know I've seen at least one photo of an Israeli elementary school teacher carrying an M1 Carbine while taking her class on a field trip, and it seems to be working fairly well for them. The faculty may not have been able to prevent all of the deaths, but hell, give them a fighting chance to do something!
Roberta also makes an excellent point about the media and these things. I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I can't help but think there's a connection with how much reporting these events have and how much the predominately left-leaning media has been crying for a new AWB.
In my own words on Facebook, "We will never know what went through the minds of certain individuals in the last couple of weeks, but I can assure you, the fault does not lay in an innatimate piece of steel and wood or plastic."
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