After the latest mass shooting in a school, we fully expected the talking points to all be the same as usual.
Hearts and prayers.
Such a tragedy.
Now is not the time to talk, it's a time to grieve.
But to our surprise something amazing began happening.
The students from Stoneman Douglas High School where the latest shooting took place and other students around the state and around the country are taking matters into their own hands.
Unable to depend on the ability of "the grownups in the room"to change anything.
Kids have decided they will lead the charge for change.
The adults have all fallen back on the same old platitudes.
On Wednesday Donald Trump convened a "listening session" which included parents, teachers, victims of school shootings and their families.
At this meeting one of the solutions Mr. Trump came up with that over the next several days he has doubled down on is arming teachers.
There aren't enough guns already so lets arm the teachers because... what could possibly go wrong?
Well, let's see....
Putting aside the fact that 99% of teachers asked said NO they would not feel comfortable having to carry guns.
They are there to teach not police.
Then there's this:
What if the teacher misses the target and shoots an innocent student?
What if the teacher snaps and starts shooting up the classroom?
What if a student who wouldn't otherwise have had a gun, steals the teachers gun and starts shooting?
How would the teacher know what other teachers were armed and not have someone shot in the crossfire?
How much would all this cost?
Where would the teachers store the guns?
Would they be libel in case of an accident?
What if the teacher was sick and there was a substitute?
Do we give them a gun?
Earlier this week, Lawrence O Donald of MSNBC's The Last Word did an excellent job of breaking down why this is such a stunningly bad idea.
So, let's take a little test;
A. Arming teachers is a great idea.
B. Arming teachers and students is a great idea.
C. These are both the worst idea's in the world!
In my humble opinion the very last thing we need in schools is more guns.
What we do need is common sense gun reforms.
If I hear one more person say ________ (fill in the blank) is coming to take their guns I will scream!
In all these years when has anyone taken your guns?
IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN SO RELAX!
And NO ONE needs an automatic weapon except the military and the police...period!
Can we just all be realistic?
No automatic weapons.
No arming teachers.
No, no one is taking your guns away.
End of discussion.
Now can we please get to work and make this a safer country for everyone?
Have a wonderful weekend...
Noodle and crew