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Is Arming Principals the Answer to School Violence?

A Georgia lawmaker thinks it would at least send a message.

WSBTV Channel Two recently reported that Georgia Rep. Paul Battles, a Republican from Bartow County, is proposing that in the absence of an armed school resource officer, the school principal be trained and armed. There would be a cost involved — that of purchasing the guns and training the principals. It wouldn’t, however, be as costly as paying a full-time salary for a school resource officer. Battles said it would at least send a message to anyone contemplating anything like the massacre that happened in Newtown, Conn.

"If you come in and try to do harm to children and administrators you are going to be met with force," Battles told Channel 2.

But not everyone agrees. One parent reportedly said he didn’t believe adding more guns to the mix is the answer to the problem.

What do you think? Is arming and training school principals the right way to go in the absence of trained police officers in the schools?

Racer X January 18, 2013 at 05:54 PM
There she goes again, "That's what you are but what am I?" Pretty soon I am expecting "Nanny nanny boo boo, stick your head in doo doo". Since we all know mental illness is a big problem, can we start by all chipping in for some counseling for GGY? Or perhaps a muzzle? Straight-jacket? Paper bag?
Karsten Torch January 18, 2013 at 06:49 PM
That was a good one. Must have taken you all day to think of that retort. And it stills tells me you can't define it. Unless you think 'gun culture' is those people that own guns. Or is it the ones that just like guns? Or those that believe we should have them? Because there's plenty of people out there that believe in our right to have them that haven't bought any. You know, those people that believe in the 2nd Amendment. Maybe THAT'S your definition. "Gun culture" is that subculture of people that believe in the Constitution! Perfect, glad we could come to that understanding....
Good Grief Y'all January 18, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Don't pat yourself on the back, KT. I would never waste that much time on you and yours. I'm just a little sick of the attacks, dreading the sure-as-shootin' assault - don't you like that phrase? ;) that I know will come with anything I write, and didn't want to expound upon it. Makes me sigh-inducing weary at times. But, here you are go - the gun culture, based on everything I have read on the subject from you. . . your mentality is the gun culture. The gun culture is the subset of society that thinks owning whatever type of gun and ammunition you want to have is more valuable and important than the right of innocents to expect to go to school and return home again, or go to the movies, shop at the mall, attend a concert or political event, go to the store to buy food for your family, go to work, etc., and not be shot to shreds because they went to those places and didn't hide in an arsenal-filled bunker instead. The gun culture may or may not include sensible, responsible, honorable gun owners, but it certainly includes those who consider them as playtoys for their entertainment and enjoyment, those who are careless with their storage and use, those who build their macho-man image on them, those who use them to threaten and intimidate others, those who would turn them on their own families in a moment of rage. (continued . . . )
Good Grief Y'all January 18, 2013 at 07:30 PM
The gun culture includes those who use the 2nd Amendment as a front, an excuse, for whatever reason they have for justifying their ownership of military-grade weapons. The gun culture includes, to the largest degree, the NRA, blood-sucking lobby that it has become, and gun and ammunition manufacturers. It includes the greedy, corrupt Congress people who will do their bidding for campaign funds and to ensure they're not black-balled for re-election. There, whew! I think I got it all out. I feel better. Thanks for pushing me, Karsten. Aren't you glad you asked?
Karsten Torch January 18, 2013 at 10:05 PM
"The gun culture includes those who use the 2nd Amendment as a front, an excuse, for whatever reason they have for justifying their ownership of military-grade weapons." Huh. You mean those that actually know the purpose of the 2nd Amendment? Yep, then we're the 'gun culture' allright. "The gun culture is the subset of society that thinks owning whatever type of gun and ammunition you want to have is more valuable and important than the right of innocents to expect to go to school and return home again, or go to the movies, shop at the mall, attend a concert or political event, go to the store to buy food for your family, go to work, etc., and not be shot to shreds because they went to those places and didn't hide in an arsenal-filled bunker instead." Yeah, we're the ones that realize there are evil bastards out there, and would rather be able to defend ourselves, our family, and other innocents in the face of these evil people. How you get from owning guns and believing in the second amendment to somehow we're hindering the 'rights' of people to go out and enjoy recreation is unfathomable. I mean, that's some seriously screwed up logic. Somehow, in your head, keeping innocents and law-abiding citizens from guns is going to keep criminals and the insane from committing crimes. Good luck with that.

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