Class is in session.
It’s on the subject of school violence, and in the wake of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. First of all, let me address those who argue, I shouldn’t “politicize” a tragedy, or I should respect the families. But the truth is, more respect for these families, I couldn’t have. This is a tragedy beyond comprehension, and I can’t begin to fathom what the Newtown community is going through. It is gun control advocates that are politicizing, and exploiting the situation, with U.S. legislators now saying they will introduce assault weapon bans in Congress. Regardless, we also can’t ignore the growing epidemic of school shootings. I’ve heard many answers to solve this problem from eliminating public access to semi-automatic weapons to better access to mental healthcare. These are unrealistic. In one case, it’s also unconstitutional and bad public policy. The answer to this problem is to eliminate the federally mandated “gun free” zones, and allow local school boards to decide how best to protect their students.
This is an education issue, as much as it is a Second Amendment issue. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution, in the federally enumerated powers, does it list education as a power delegated to the Federal Government. And while the Feds have continually worked to create this power for themselves (through No Child Left Behind, and Michelle Obama’s federal school lunch program, to name a few) it is a power left to local governments, and local school boards. The Federal Government also unconstitutionally created the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, thus allowing for only deranged psychopaths to bring weapons into our public schools. While the SCOTUS originally declared the Act unconstitutional, Congress was able to circumvent the ruling, and the GFSZA of 1990 still lives. Young, innocent, and defenseless students have been paying the price ever since.
Local school boards should be able to determine the best and most effective way to protect their children. And yes, this would include having armed and trained personnel to defend kids, instead of making them sitting ducks. Now, this doesn’t mean a Federal Law should be made requiring all schools to arm teachers. It means that every local school board should decide. Maybe one school will have a gun safe in the Principal’s office, allowing only him or her access. Maybe a school will arm and train every teacher. Maybe a school will put in additional security measures without arming anyone. Maybe they will hire an armed security guard. Maybe they will do nothing. The point is that it’s their decision to make.
Some will, and have, argued that armed teachers would end up turning weapons on their own students. However, if we are hiring murdering lunatics to help raise our kids, I think our problems are a little worse than this possibility. Teachers go through very strict licensing requirements, if they can pass this requirement, they can be trusted to protect our children from violent attack. And while it will be shown below that no federal gun control laws can be allowed, it is much better to have responsible and caring teachers with guns in our schools, than a crazed madman, who only wants to murder as many young kids as possible.Details