Thirty-three people were killed and at least 30 injured during a shooting rampage today at Virginia Tech, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Meanwhile, in Oregon, radio commentator Lars Larson went on the airways telling his audience it was time that all school teachers in Oregon public schools should be encouraged to carry weapons.
Law enforcement authorities, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the shooter used two 9mm pistols. They also said that the shooter was not carrying identification and his head wounds were so severe that authorities could not immediately identify him.
I can just picture myself walking into my classroom with a gun in my purse. I feel so protected right now. At any moment one of my students may just walk in and drop his backpack and pull out a gun. I could drop what I was doing (perhaps teaching) run through the classroom and grab my purse and save all of my students. I'm thinking, not!
I am not trained to shoot at people. I hate the fact that somebody had a gun and walked into a classroom and allegedly locked a door and began firing at innocent students and staff. I pray for their families tonight as I reflect on my day in the classroom and breathe a sigh of relief that tonight all of my students made it through another day without being harmed. My students watched the coverage in our class and asked great questions. It was a sad day to learn how terrible things happen in the "real world".
Asking me to bring a gun into my classroom just doesn't make sense. Perhaps Lars would realize that if he understood my job meant I was there to nuture rather than stop a madman or kill somebody with a gun.