The Full DeVos Plan to Arm Teachers
Many aspects of the eternal gun-control fight have been a little quiet for the last few weeks. The left is too preoccupied with Mueller (which usually happens when they have nothing substantial to complain about), but a smaller story involving the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her new plan for school security has caused waves. We’ll look at that plan, the predictable liberal response and why the left is wrong again.
Safely Raising Security
At the core of DeVos’ plan is an attempt to mirror school districts that have already safely and successfully armed teachers. The first instances of such districts date back years, and they have had no instances of teachers going off the handle and brandishing weapons dangerously.
One of the key principles in the plan is that arming teachers is entirely voluntary. Any teacher who is uncomfortable carrying will not carry. Anyone with any amount of firearm experience understands why this is vital. And, anyone would suggest an alternative is an idiot (or a fear-mongering Democrat).
Once trained, armed teachers can supply the fastest possible response times to any threat. Furthermore, if roughly 10 percent of teachers are armed in any given school, they will never be outnumbered or outgunned by random shooters.
It’s an obvious solution, and it hasn’t just worked in select school districts. Since the FAA approved a similar plan for pilots in 2001, there have been zero instances of armed terrorists hijacking an American airplane. Seems like a pretty good model.
The Battle for Funds
The more intricate part of this plan and the ensuing fight began when Texas and Oklahoma looked for ways to fund their pilot programs with Department of Education money. Their hope was that those funds could prevent teacher defense programs from inflicting educators with additional financial burdens.
In their infinite wisdom, the Democrats worked quickly to prevent federal funds from being used to buy firearms. They attached a bill rider that made it illegal for Department of Education money from buying any firearms at all.
In one of the most satisfying political moves of the year, DeVos found a clean loophole. She and her crew noted that money from Academic Enrichment Grants are not covered by the new bill. Hence, she has suggested that school districts hoping to pay for teacher-used firearms can dip into these funds.
This is the current “controversial” iteration of the plan you may have seen in the news. Not to be stifled, the extremely left-leaning legal groups known as the Giffords Law Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center are already preparing a legal battle against DeVos’ loophole.
The most entertaining (or frustrating, depending on your mood) part of this whole news cycle has been the liberal response. After being thoroughly outwitted by DeVos, the usual crowd is predictably horrified.
Nancy Pelosi led the charge in condemning DeVos for daring to want to protect children in school. She claimed that this plan is just “trying to do the bidding of the NRA.” She also suggested that arming teachers turns schools into unsafe fortresses (as compared to the actual fortress-like schools in many inner city and poor districts).
Not to be outdone, Phil Murphy flew entirely off the handle. For those who don’t remember, he’s the current Governor of New Jersey and the de facto leader of the liberal gun grabbers. He claims that arming teachers is illogical and dangerous — suggesting that every time a gun enters a classroom the result is always tragic and devastating.
He seems to be forgetting the thousands of teachers that have been safely armed in classrooms for years. He also seems unaware of the fact that law enforcement officials enter classrooms across the country millions of times a year without the slightest whiff of tragedy.
Really, this is just the usual fear-mongering tripe. Anyone capable of rational thought understands that a firearm is completely harmless until it is wielded by someone with intent to harm. The plan to arm teachers is an obvious attempt to take real measures against school shootings, and the liberals are willing to bargain the lives of children for the sake of their political agenda.
There’s another point to be made in all of this. If teachers, on average, cannot be trusted with a firearm, should we be trusting them with the safety and education of our kids in the first place? That’s the inherent contradiction in the left. Feel free to remind them of it at every opportunity.
~ National Gun Network