Lawmaker: Despite massacre, teachers shouldn’t be armed

RIVERSIDE – The shooting rampage carried out by a young man who killed 20 Connecticut schoolchildren and six adults before killing himself does not justify arming teachers with guns, which would send “the wrong message” to kids, a Riverside-area lawmaker said on Dec. 18.

Mark Takano, recently elected to represent California’s newly established 41st congressional district, released a statement responding to comments by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who on a Sunday television talk show argued for arming school officials to prevent the type of massacre that occurred Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Gohmert suggested that if Hook’s principal – among the first of gunman Adam Lanza’s victims – had had immediate access to a firearm, she could have used it to “take his head off before he can kill those precious kids,” instead of lunging “heroically (at the shooter) with nothing in her hands.”

Takano said that, as a teacher of nearly 25 years, he was “appalled” by Gohmert’s comments.

“Our schools should be safe, positive environments, and having guns under teachers’ desks or in closets not only sends the wrong message to our children, but puts their lives in danger the minute they enter school grounds, as every child would become a potential victim of a gun accident,” the Democratic lawmaker said.

“We should be teaching our children that gun violence is never a way to settle differences and does not solve problems,” he said.

Gohmert said Sunday that wherever concealed carry gun laws are liberalized, there’s a corresponding drop in crime. Published studies on the subject differ, however.

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed – and then-President George W. Bush signed – a law permitting properly trained and thoroughly vetted airline pilots to carry handguns aboard their flights for self-defense.

According to the Federal Flight Deck Officers’ Association, which represents armed commercial aviators, more than 10,000 members are qualified to carry guns onto their planes. To date, none have had to use them.

The 1990 federal Gun Free School Zones Act mandates that pistols and rifles must be locked in a case within 1,000 feet of a K-12 campus, with exceptions for law enforcement and concealed-weapons licensees. Violating the law is a felony.

Since it went into effect, however, shootings have occurred on at least three-dozen K-12 campuses – often with multiple victims – throughout the country, most recently in Newtown.

2 Responses to "Lawmaker: Despite massacre, teachers shouldn’t be armed"

  1. Mark   December 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Not quite sure I can follow this correctly. -"Published studies on the subject differ, however."- Lets examine this, ……vetted airline pilots carry "loaded weapons" aboard their flights and as a result of being armed, no attacks have been made against the pilots or any one for that matter since 9-11. Gun Free School Zones are created where its a feloney to carry a loaded or unloaded weapon within 1,000 ft. of a school zone, unless you are with Law Enforcement or have a concealed permit to carry, and as result, there has been three dozen K-12 campus shootings. This study,however, makes it seem safer to travel on a plane than to be any where within 1,000 ft. of a school. Are we inviting criminal and violent behavior in our schools because there is no recognizable threat of the possibility of a good guy carrying a weapon. Every shooter, mentally disturbed or not, stops shooting when a gun is pointed in his direction. The case recently in the Oregon Mall where a person shopping in the Mall pointed his gun at the shooter and the shooter then took his own life. How many more lives would the killer have taken? The Media did not cover this part of the story, I wonder why? same with these other shooters-they stop shooting when confronted with force. What do we do as citizens when we witness these horrific events, hope the shooter runs out of amunition or decides that he has killed enough people and the killing stops. No we wish for the Police to hurry to the scene. Why…….because thepolice have guns. Me, I hope that Joe citizen is carrying that day and blows the head off of the murderer before killing any more innocent people.
    As far as sending the wrong message to our kids…… the words of Ted Nugent……."are you
    kidding me". The wrong message is in many of the
    movies and games these kids watch and play
    every day. The kids at Sandy Hook Elementary might have have felt more secure and less traumatized, then and now, if a teacher or some vetted individual had pulled a pistol and stopped the shooter before more of their classmates were brutally killed. This person may not have had to even fire a shot.
    I am not a gun nut, but when people sign on to what feels good and not what makes the most sense I question where they get there information and who or what has made the most influence on their lives.

  2. Smallshop   December 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Mark Tanako must at all cost follow the party line, even if it leaves our kids open to slaughter.
    How about a solution Mr. Tanako. I know ! make it against the Law to break the law, or maybe a touchy feelie time out.
    Keep up the bed wetting Mark. Oh and say high to your armed se


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