A stapler, pencils, Sharpies and a Glock on your back to school list? Sounds ridiculous right?
But now, in the aftermath of the horrid events at Sandy Hook, discussion is popping up everywhere about guns, who should be carrying one, who should not. I live in Texas. I am pretty sure on election day they don't even count the votes here, they just call it in for the Republicans. People here believe in their right to carry a gun (not all of them - but I guessing more than don't). And many are calling for teachers to start packing. Not in my district, but in the state in general. THIS. SCARES. THE. CRAP. OUT.OF. ME.
But a very small part of me is starting to wonder if this might be a real option. Which even as my fingers type sounds CRAZY - I have never even TOUCHED a gun (and I never want to honestly). Gun shops are offering discounts to teachers willing to be trained, and one tiny district here already brags about their teachers carrying guns. But where could it possibly be kept safely? Would it be possible to store a gun securely enough and still be accessible to get in time for protection? I can't imagine being in a room of children with a gun in the room. OMGoodness. But then again, last week I couldn't imagine anyone being in a room with gun and a bunch of little kids and SHOOTING them...
I wish I knew the answer. Teachers are first responders in a school tragedy, and I wish their was a way to defend the children in our charge and ourselves from crazy, but this? I hate the whole thought of all of it. ALL of it! What do you think? I can't believe these things are even thoughts that have to thought.
And while I am broaching the subject of CRAZY... why would anyone ever need a semi-automatic gun if they weren't in the military or police force? Is there ANYTHING good that can come of that?