I recently had lunch with a public school teacher and her husband, who’s a close friend.
The lunch was at their invitation. They had some questions.
Journalism Rule No. 1: Never turn down a free meal.
They’re not people of the gun, but they’re not anti-gun or opposed to firearms in any way. Guns, quite simply, are not their thing.
After watching the events unfold in Parkland, and the horrific response by the cowardly SRO, the teacher decided to take matters into her own hands.
To sum, she wants the ability to defend her students.
Her plan is simple: She wants to take a basic pistol class and obtain her concealed-carry license. She wants to buy a handgun — probably a Glock 19 — as well as a bio-metric pistol safe.
If approved by her school’s administrators, she wants to mount the safe securely in her classroom. She does not intend to carry the pistol concealed within the school.
Then, if there’s ever an active shooter at her school — God forbid — she plans to bolt her classroom door, retrieve her pistol, gather her students together and shoot any bastard who comes through her door with evil intent.
She has no illusions about her abilities.
She knows she’ll never be capable of hunting down an active shooter. She’s aware of the perils involved with this — especially misidentification by law enforcement. Yet she’s never, ever going to allow anyone to harm her students — period.
In my humble opinion, this is exactly what “armed teachers” is all about.
It should be voluntary, and we should never expect teachers to operate as some type of quick reaction force for the school.
Room clearing and other Close Quarters Battle techniques are best left to the pros, especially inside a school full of children.
The skills needed for that type of hostage-rescue shooting — the ultimate in precision shooting — take years to master and near-constant practice. Yet an armed teacher inside the confines of their classroom, tactically, has a good chance of winning, especially if they’re taught how to shoot from cover.
After lunch, we talked about the need for additional firearms training — continuous training. And we discussed the mindset needed to win a gunfight, specifically, the ability to put your sights on another human being and press the trigger multiple times until the threat is neutralized.
That, thankfully, she already has.
“I could do it,” she said. “No one is ever going to harm my kids.”