We can only hope...
...that this kind of rational thinking catches on.
It wouldn't have helped in the Pennsylvania incident last week, as the Amish are pacifists and would not agree to arm their schools—but it could help just about everywhere else.
After we had that spate of school shootings following Columbine, I remember joking with my friends about how you never see shootings in urban schools. The punchline was: that's because if someone pulls out a gun, he knows that three other guys are going to take him down before he gets a shot off.
Okay, so it's not a good joke, but it may be an apt one. Let's hope people figure this one out.
UPDATE [10/10/2007 - 22:33]: There's been a lot more talk on this topic in the past few days, and I wanted to call your attention to one story in particular. This piece looks at the benefits of arming teachers in schools, and makes some pretty strong arguments based on regions in which it has been tried. I was amazed, for example, to learn that Thailand, a primarily Budhist country, has seen a very successful program grow along these lines. Maybe my comment about the pacifist Amish wasn't as accurate as I may have thought.
The key point is simply this:
One confirmation of the strength of the case for allowing teachers the choice to be armed is the weakness of the arguments against it. Significantly, we have real-world tests of the policy — not only in Israel and Thailand, but also in the United States.Read the whole thing.