Friday, February 23, 2018

Two Rebuttals To Trump's "Arm The Teachers"

 Click here for an article at Hullabaloo by Tom Sullivan, entitled "Learning to Fight."

Click here for an article at Crooks & Liars by Jenn Budd, entitled "Arming Teachers Is A Stupid Idea."

Little Bill Daggett, in Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven":
It ain't so easy to shoot a man anyhow, especially if the son-of-a-bitch is shootin' back at you. I mean, that'll just flat rattle some folks.
Both of these articles emphasize the necessity of intensive, ongoing training for anyone who is going to be expected to shoot at a person -- while being shot at. As Sullivan says:
Learning to shoot is one thing. Learning to fight is something else, especially when the target isn't paper and is shooting at you.
Budd says:
I can always tell when someone has little to no firearms training. Like Trump, they say stupid things like, "Just arm the teachers with guns to stop the shooter." People like this have watched too many movies. It is not that simple. It is not that easy. Most rounds that cops fire in a shootout fail to stop the perpetrators. And those cops are trained. A defensive shooting class doesn't make you an sharpshooter. If you think does, you are woefully mistaken.
Trump's idea of teachers-as-Rambo is not a good one; fortunately, it'll never happen.


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