Friday, February 23, 2018

Ignorance v. Apathy

There's an old joke:  "What's the difference between Ignorance and Apathy?"
The classic response is: "I don't know, and I don't care!"

While the motto of the NY Times is "All the news that's fit to print", the motto of MSNBC should be  "I don't know, and I don't care!"

MSNBC: Handguns Are Too Slow To Stop A School | The Daily Caller:
MSNBC anchors are claiming that teachers armed with handguns would be unable to stop a school shooter because rifles shoot “three times faster.” Anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said on his show Thursday night that “a bullet fired from an AR-15 travels 3x faster than one from a handgun…and yet the president and the NRA think giving teachers guns will stop a school shooter.”
It requires a special level of devotion to become a teacher.

But it takes a total lack of integrity for MSNBC to make such an inane statement which not only undermines the devotion of teachers, but links it to an anti-gun propaganda position which is based on misdirection, rather than veracity

The question of whether teachers should be armed is a quandry, and those educators who choose to undergo the special training, and face the controversy over whether they should be armed to protect their students, is a very personal one.  It requires ... well, a lot of support from school boards, and an acknowledgement that school shootings  have only one viable solution:

Should teachers be armed in the classroom?

I don't have an answer.  But it's apparently very easy to denounce the concept; especially if you're a writer who hasn't had to make such a difficult and very personal decision.

Ultimately, this article is not as much a criticism of that decision as it is a hit-piece against the National Rifle Association ... which has stepped up to offer training of educators who have shown that they are more concerned for the safety of their students than for their own safety.

But those who disagree with this difficult decision owe more than lies if they choose to debate the subject.   It's significant that they opposition is based on mis-direction, rather than solid logic.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Anyone carrying a gun for personal (or personnel) protection must make the decision before they strap on the gun that they can shoot to kill. Anything else id just foolish.