Armed teachers may be more likely to kill a student than take down a shooter

Armed teachers may be more likely to kill a student than take down a shooter
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE wants my daughter to bring a gun to work. She teaches in an inner city high school and Trump thinks armed teachers are the solution to the epidemic of school shootings. Now, don't get me wrong. I love my daughter but I don't want her packing. 

Why not?

For one thing, she's a bad shot. She doesn't own a gun but has taken two gun safety courses. The last time she only hit the target 10 percent of the time. If she had a gun in her classroom, she would be more likely to kill one of her students than to take down an armed intruder. For example, in 2014 elementary school teacher in Utah shot herself in the leg while she was in the restroom. Fortunately, it happened before students came to school and there was no collateral damage. 

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For another thing, there are many more important ways she can serve her students. Many schools require teachers to take professional development courses to hone their skills. if Trump gets his way, she will need to get training to become a better shot. So what's the next course she takes to develop professionally, "Encouraging Teenagers to Read" or "Using a Handgun to Take Down a Shooter with an AR-15."  

 

Training and equipping teachers with guns would be expensive. Why not spend the money to hire additional school counselors who can spot and treat a student before he storms into school to gun down fellow students? But that's not enough of a sound bite to appease the National Rifle Association or the president's die-hard political base.

Last week, survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida made a heartfelt plea to politicians to end gun violence. In response, Trump and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio heckled by protestors outside immigration detention facility Bill to protect work licenses of student loan debtors is welcome development Political figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer MORE (R-Fla.) rehashed stale NRA talking points.

When Trump spoke to student survivors of the Parkland massacre, he said the solution to the problem would be for teachers to be armed. When I asked my daughter about the president's idea, she replied, "just what we need dad, more guns in the school.” 

When Rubio spoke at a CNN town hall on gun violence, the audience laughed when he stated that banning semi-automatic weapons would be outside the mainstream of public opinion.

A new MSNBC News poll released last week after the murders in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prove the senator wrong. The survey indicated a large majority (67 percent to 29 percent) of Americans favored a ban. But you can hardly blame Rubio for living in a fool's paradise since has taken more than $3 million in blood money from the NRA since he ran for Congress the first time. When the NRA has an itch, Marco Rubio and his GOP colleagues in Congress scratch.

Last week, the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a state of Maryland ban on the ownership and sale of automatic weapons. In a 10 to four opinion, the majority stated that the Second Amendment does not guarantee a citizen's right to own "weapons of war".

The majority of judges on the 4th Circuit bench aren't the only jurists who feel this way. Warren Burger was name chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by Richard Nixon — so he can't be dismissed as a liberal voice. He once said "The gun lobby's interpretation of the Second Amendment is one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American people by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime. The real purpose of the Second Amendment was to insure that state armies-the militia- would be maintained for the defense of the state. The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires. "

There have already been 18 school shootings this year. Let's hope and pray, Congress takes the words of the former chief justice to heart and acts before number 19.  

Brad Bannon is a Democratic pollster and CEO of Bannon Communications Research. (There is no relation to Trump adviser Stephen Bannon). He is also a senior adviser to, and editor of, the blog at MyTiller.com, a social media network for politics. Contact him at brad@bannoncr.com