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  •  The idea of being forced to carry a gun and being (2+ / 0-)
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    mungley, Red Bean

    evaluated as a teacher on the basis of my shooting range score scares me spitless.  If you don't think this will be the final result you are naive.  The right=wing nuts are setting school agendas and teacher evaluations now.  Adding "carrying" to the job requirements isn't even a slight stretch.

    •  I , of course, would be utterly opposed to forcing (1+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy

      any teacher -- or any other citizen -- to carry a gun.
      I think most Americans would agree.

      (The only case I know of that occurring in the past is in the military draft in times of major war.  And even then there were exemptions for religious objectors.)

      It would also be stupid -- there is no value in coercing someone into being a guard -- they will merely run when faced with the threat.   Rightfully so.

      Any volunteer should be accepted only if they are willing to fight for the kids in the unlikely event a threat ever arose.  Obviously, such volunteers should be compensated for accepting that duty.   Even so, I have no way of knowing if any teachers --or other employees -- would volunteer at some schools.

      •  but putting down teachers who don't want to carry (0+ / 0-)

        WILL happen.  That's how the right-wing gun nuts get their agenda pushed through. Making money the bottom line is dirty pool.

        •  srsly? (1+ / 0-)
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          drmah

          there are plenty of good arguments against the suggestion, but this one is ridiculous.

          Look up "concealed" in a dictionary.

          "The Taibbi article is a defense of status quo" -- citizen k

          by happymisanthropy on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:18:39 PM PST

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          •  You, obviouly, can't comprehend pressure teachers (0+ / 0-)

            are already under.  Then to introduce gun requirements ion them is absurb. I know 100s of teachers with hair=trigger tempers who should never be near a weapon of any kind, and I also know 100s of excellent teachers who would be absolutely terrified to carry a weapon.  Making this a job evaluation issuw is even more absurb.

            •  and who would do that? (1+ / 0-)
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              drmah
              You, obviouly, can't comprehend pressure teachers (0+ / 0-)
              are already under.
              I only substitute taught three classes this morning, I'm obviously unqualified to talk about the subject.
              Making this a job evaluation issuw is even more absurb.
              "Concealed" means nobody can be sure whether you're armed or not.  If licenses are too easy to get, get one and let your boss think you're carrying.  If they aren't too easy to get, stop complaining about how easy they are.

              "The Taibbi article is a defense of status quo" -- citizen k

              by happymisanthropy on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:08:24 PM PST

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