I don’t normally turn my blog over to other writers, but I ran across this on my Twitter feed today, and it’s too good not to repost. The writer is Jim Wright, under the moniker “Stonekettle”. Let’s dive right in.
A Tweet from President Trump:
Donald J. Trump
Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House. Legislation moving forward. Bump Stocks will soon be out. Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!…….
6:15 AM – 12 Mar 2018
Stonekettle Twitter @Stonekettle
12 Mar 2018
Highly trained expert teachers
Highly trained by … who?
Who designs the training. On what criteria? To what standards? No, don’t just say, “the local police department” or something similar.
This training would have to specially designed because you’re talking about non-professionals with guns in a building full of panicked children AND those “specially trained people” will be very likely facing a CHILD with a gun who is killing other children.
We don’t train soldiers for that. We don’t train cops for that. So we’re going to need special training, including not just the mechanics and theory of combat arms, but the psychology of killing a CHILD in an active shooter situation.
If you don’t understand why this is a problem, then you’re very likely unqualified to be in this conversation in the first place.
It takes years of training to condition a soldier to kill another human being on command, let alone a child.
When that killing occurs, it’s usually in a warzone, alongside your squadmates, and while that engagement is very, very often chaotic, it can’t be compared to the confusion and chaos of a building packed with screaming running children that you are supposed to be protecting.
In a warzone, if your bullets hit a civilian, even a child, well, that’s collateral damage. It happens. It can’t NOT happen. That’s war. And soldiers come apart from this. That’s one of the many reasons VA waiting rooms are packed full of PTSD cases.
A school? Full of American kids? You starting to see why you’d need some VERY, VERY specific training? Have you given any thought to the psychology of this situation? Like at all? The psychology of training to kill children?
Cops develop a distant relationship with the public, us and them, sheep and wolves, because they may have to kill that public. Because they always have to be on alert that the public might try to kill them.
Is THAT really the mindset you want in a teacher? One where they must regard all children as potential threats, potential enemies, potential targets? Where they must be prepared to kill children at a moment[‘s notice]? Imagine where that goes over the long term.
Who pays for it? Combat arms is a perishable skill, so how often is refresher training and re-qualification mandated? Again, who does that training? Who does the background checks? Who does the psychological screening? Who decides who can and cannot carry in a school?
If a teacher wants to be armed, but is judged by ([who]?) to be unfit (for whatever reason), what are legal repercussions? Can the teacher sue to change the judgment? Who is the final arbiter? Who pays for the legal challenge?
Who do these “specially trained people” answer to in a tactical situation? Is the principle also the commanding general? Or is the school police officer now part of the chain of command? Who do you answer to in this situation? What’s THEIR training?
What’s the doctrine for armed teachers in an active shooter situation? Remain in their classrooms? Take to the hall to conduct sweep and clearing operations? Are they trained to work together? Or are they Lone Wolf McQuade? You have to have a plan BEFORE the shooting starts.
How do you insure the school? Because you going to HAVE to insure the school. Are the specially trained people personally liable for their fire? If they hit an innocent kid, if they kill an innocent kid or cripple a child for life? Or is the school responsible?
Is the armed teacher responsible for failure to stop an active shooter? The teacher was “highly trained” but failed to stop the shooter, when the grieving parents sue, will the school hang the teacher out to dry?
SOMEBODY has to be legally responsible.
It makes a difference, you know. Larger, high velocity rounds can penetrate body armor, but also walls, doors, etc, meaning increased chance of collateral damage in a building full of children.
We made the cockpit doors on aircraft bulletproof, are we going to do that with classrooms? If not, why not?
And we’re back to the question of who’s responsible when the school gets sued for not protecting the students from stray bullets fired by their own teachers.
So, do you mandate acceptable weapons? Ammunition? Fields of Fire? Zones of responsibility. Or is it the Wild West? And we’re back to the question of tactics and the adaption military urban warfare doctrine. Who does this? Who creates this? Who’s responsible for this?
How do the cops know who the licensed and qualified “specially trained people” are?
No. No, don’t roll your eyes. Answer the god****** question. How do the cops know who the bad guy is in this situation? Show your work. Be specific. HOW DO THEY KNOW?
This hole is bottomless.
You are essentially talking about turning teachers into soldiers and schools into warzones. You would do everything, EXCEPT address the actual problem.
NOTE: I did not say there shouldn’t be armed guards in schools. I didn’t say there should.
Likewise, I didn’t say teachers shouldn’t be armed. Or that they should.
Instead, I simply asked some VERY basic questions regarding allowing or even mandating armed teachers and school personnel.
Questions anyone who has had even basic weapons training should be asking.
If you want to put more guns, carried by amateurs, into a building packed full of children, then I don’t think I’m being unreasonable here.
When the president says “highly trained expert teachers,” we must all demand to know EXACTLY what that means. In detail.
Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station www.stonekettle.com
Brackets [ ] indicate my editing.