Thursday, August 28, 2008

There Once Was an Anti From Nantucket...

Ever since the Harrold ISD made the decision to be proactive in protecting their kids and allow staff and administrators who had a valid CHL to carry a firearm at school, the anti's have been having spasms of hysteria and there has been much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

I have not commented on the rhetoric of the anti's because I just did not feel like providing any recognition to their efforts.

But this comment, from the fishing report dude for The Nantucket Independent, just got stuck in my craw.

Tight Lines with Andrew Spencer

I read the other day that a school district in my own home state of Texas has taken what might be called a relatively unorthodox step in terms of classroom discipline. At schools in the Harrold Independent School District, teachers will now be allowed to carry guns. Loaded guns. While they're at work...

...They're not going to let just anybody carry a gun, no sir. They're going to require the standard state license, plus a district-mandated "crisis training" program. And finally, they have to get permission from the school officials. It's for personal protection, according to school officials, in the event of a lock-down situation.

Wait for it…wait for it…

To quote David Thweatt, superintendent of the Harrold ISD, "It's just common sense."

There it is!

NOW it's all crystal clear. Sounds pretty much like an air-tight idea, right? I mean, seriously. What could go wrong with this plan? You've got people in a high-stress job. You give them twenty-two potential targets for their stress and then hand them a gun. Yeah, this sounds like a great idea. After all, it's just common sense, right?

Folks, thank your luckiest of lucky stars that you're not residents of Harrold, Texas. And in the unlikely event that you are, move. Quickly. I know it's a bad real estate market, but sell your house and get out of town. And while I don't want to turn this into some political rally where we start fighting about the second Amendment or Charlton Heston or whatever. But kids, regardless of your views on the NRA and gun control, I think we can probably all agree that this is an idea that is, at best, a bad one.
No Spencer, we don't all agree that our children should be left to cower behind closed doors and under desks in this age of psycho shooters and terrorists. We do not all agree that providing a target rich environment for any goblin who wishes to do harm to our children is a good idea. We are not all scared of the individual who accepts responsibility for his or her own life and well being.

I can think of one thing that we can agree upon though, we can agree that the State of Texas is much better off with you in Nantucket. Keep to your fishing reports Spencer, folks may not realize that you are a panty waste if you limit yourself to talking about the manly art of landing a Striper.


TexasFred said...

Andrew Spencer??

What a maroon!!

Anonymous said...

A parent who could not trust a teacher with a firearm not to lose all else control and go on a killing spree should not entrust their child to them (armed or not).

Anonymous said...

oops, spelling, I meant "self control"

Unknown said...

Hmm so we shouldn't give guns to people with high stress jobs eh? Well than I hope everyone in local and federal law enforcement has a fun time trying to do their jobs without a gun.

This guy is a moron.

Rustmeister said...

Hm. No comments section. Too bad, that would have been entertaining.

John R said...

Steve and Anthony; Good points. I really do not understand why folks just do not get those simple concepts.

Rustmeister; They do have contact information for the paper's editor:

Margaret Carrol-Bergman


The Nantucket Independent

15 North Beach St.

Nantucket, Mass. 02554

ph: 508-228-1654

fax: 508-228-4858

KK said...

Mr. Spencer is a moron.

In Mississippi, back in the day, we all had guns in the truck at school. Most teachers had one close by because it is not only our culture, but it's the right thing to do.

An armed society is a polite society.


Andrew Spencer said...

Wow. Nice to see that at least some people are reading my column. Certainly didn't mean to offend anyone; I think that if you took it in the spirit in which it was meant -- in other words, take it within the context of the series of columns throughout the year -- you'd realize that I'm not anti-gun, I'm not anti-Texas, I'm the person you apparently think I am. But thanks for reading.

Andrew Spencer