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January 3, 2013

Sandy Hook Ongoing: Weaponizing Teachers

In the holiday news vacuum and the aftermath of Sandy Hook, there have been more than a few stories about school teachers across the country receiving gun training.  Certainly it’s depressing to witness overworked teachers and school staff not just having to spend the time but, worse, assuming the burden and risk of deputies. If some photos, like the one above, are thoroughly in-your-face, others are beyond ironic.

Hand Gun Anatomy

This picture is notable not just for what it shows, but for what it might otherwise show. Considering America’s dismal global education rankings, it begs the question where the photos and stories are of new classroom hires being trained to illuminate the biology or human anatomy.

(photo: George Frey/Getty Images caption 1: A Utah teacher is shown how to handle a handgun by instructor Clint Simon (R), at a concealed-weapons training class to 200 Utah teachers on December 27, 2012 in West Valley City, Utah. The Utah Shooting Sports Council said it would waive its $50 fee for concealed-weapons training for Utah teachers. caption 2: Firearm instructor Clark Aposhian teaches a concealed-weapons training class to 200 Utah teachers on December 27, 2012 in West Valley City, Utah. The Utah Shooting Sports Council said it would waive its $50 fee for concealed-weapons training for Utah teachers.)

  • black_dog_barking

    Top image —

    Instructor: Ok. Now you say “Being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”

    Student: Got it!

    • Dave McLane

      I tried to blow up the Top Image in Photoshop to see If I could read the writing, but it was too fuzzy. However, there are short barreled .44 Magnums only there’s a problem: “Also of concern to us is the Ruger Alaskan 44 Magnum revolver. Although very strong, this revolver has an extremely short barrel, which produces greatly reduced velocity with high performance ammo, and also produces tremendous muzzle flash and recoil. Given the Alaskan’s considerable strength, possessing the same frame and cylinder as its longer-barreled brethren, it is clearly “strong enough” to easily handle our most potent 44 Magnum Ammo and other 44 Magnum cartridges loaded to similar power levels, but to do so is to subject oneself to a level of recoil the majority of shooters will find impossible to control. ”

      Instead, there’s the Ruger SP-101 with a 2.25″ barrel and takes both .38 Special and .357 Magnum, especially Federal .357 130 Grain Hydra-Shok. It’s my main carry and is quite controllable.

  • Stan B.

    That’s some bona fide scary shit.

  • bystander

    Having spent some time behind the desk in an American classroom, what I want to know is where are these pistol packin’ purveyors of pedagogy going to keep these weapons – which to be effective, need to be fully loaded and at hand at all times.

    So, I imagine the woman above, holding a reading group – semicircle of elementary age kids in front of her. She’s got their reader in one hand, the felt board beside her, and a loaded gun in the other hand which she uses as a pointer?

    What kind of insurance are the school boards, or local teacher’s unions going to have to offer to indemnify these classroom teachers all marching to school with their shoulder holsters?

    • Stan B.

      I spent seventeen years in public schools, dealt with some pretty irate parents over the perceived slights I supposedly inflicted on their children. A teacher who accidentally kills a student in their heroic last stand with a bad guy may well need access to full auto after the fact.

    • Whysothick?

      Yeah, that’s an insolvable problem–you’ve really cut the whole effort off at the knees. Oh wait, here’s one of roughly a thousand possible solutions:

  • marcsobel

    What’s wrong with a ruler on the knuckles ? Okay little Jimmy, that’s the third time you said “Can I” instead of “May I”, BLAM!

  • bystander

    It’s even worse than I imagined.

    they report that more than one third of the applicants are women, and that “more than half of the applicants work in high schools”

    Ah, jeeze, high schools. What could go wrong?

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