Please, Sweet Jesus, Tell Me This is Rock Bottom.

December 17, 2012 By: Juanita Jean Category: Uncategorized

Remember me telling you about the gun shows in Texas last weekend and the child discount on Christmas Eve eve?

That’s not the bottom.

If this isn’t the bottom, we’re are in for a weird Christmas.

Crockett Keller, owner of Kellers Riverside Gun Store near Austin, TX, announced on local radio show KRLD that he would start offering a discount for teachers who want to carry a concealed weapon after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday. Keller talked enthusiastically of the need to arm teachers.

He’s even offering them a discount from $110 to $90 for his certification class.

This ain’t Crockett’s first spin around the dance floor with insanity.  He’s been dancin’ for a while now.

Maybe the Mayans were right.  Who the hell wants to hang around to see if this gets worse?

Thanks to Brian C for the heads up.

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21 Comments to “Please, Sweet Jesus, Tell Me This is Rock Bottom.”

  1. daChipster says:

    Nancy Lanza was an armed teacher. How did that work out?

  2. Corinne Sabo says:

    Good idea: When the kids don’t do well on tests, just shoot them. That’ll fix test scores!

  3. On Joy Behar’s show a comment was made that the professionals (meaning Secret service and FBI personnel) are required to prove they can recognize a threat before they fire and if you were to allow teachers to arm, shouldn’t they go through the same training? Good point. and they way they are cutting the budgets to the schools it doesn’t look like the school will pick up the tab.
    The early info was that Lanza’s mother was a teacher , they have walked that back. They are now saying she was a prepper, someone who is armed for a potential “threat” in her case “Economic Collapse” , so how did that work out for her, especially since she knew she was losing control of her son and took him to the firing range with her and her assault weapons.
    These aren’t hunting rifles as we know them, they are essentially to kill, and if you were to “kill” dinner that way you would be taking out a lot of bullets before you could cook dinner.

  4. Apparently we need to arm Kansas police officers because two of them were shot to death last night.

    And JJ you know too well that barrels in Texas don’t have bottoms. That’s why nothing that issues from your elected officials ever holds water.

  5. Somebody else here on a previous day has asked the definitive question… Will the kiddos also need be armed?

  6. I was a student in public schools for many years. My mother was a teacher. I cannot think of a single teacher, ever, that I would want armed.

    Just out of curiosity, would these extra-trained teachers with their extra defense and life-saving duties get any extra pay for it?

  7. My best friend and I were talking about the CT tragedy. Between us we have more than a half century of teaching experience. A peak at our conversation.

    Her: Did you hear the nut cases calling for teachers to be armed?
    Me: Hell, I can’t find my cell phone in my purse. How would I find my gun in all that panic and frenzy?
    Her: Yeah, what are we supposed to do – leave it in our desk drawer. Can’t you just see every classroom in a school with a gun in the teacher’s desk?
    Me: Maybe they would lock them in safes and I’d have to remember the combo while some nut case is shooting at my students?
    Both of us: Which part of critical thinking did these gun nuts miss in school? Oh, that’s right – critical thinking is getting the ax in curriculum revisions by the right.

  8. Nancy Lanza was not an armed teacher. She was not a teacher.

  9. Anyone who thinks that teacher’s should be armed to prevent this should consider the 173 on-duty cops killed in 2011 alone.

  10. I think Megan McArdle saying that children should be trained to rush the shooter and take him down so there won’t be as many deaths is rock-bottom.

  11. The vast majority of teachers go into the profession because they care about children and they want to help. I know that this statement sounds simplistic on the surface but it is true. Teaching is not so much a profession as it is a calling. If you have ever had a great teacher, someone who opened your mind or your heart, you know this is true. Ask me if I am surprised that those brave women ran into harms way in an effort to save their kids. I am not.

    On good days the job is daunting at best; try to reach 30 or more children with different needs and abilities, try to make them love your subject and love themselves. Try not to miss the subtle cues that signal a child in distress, try to find a way to provide that child with the resources they need while not neglecting the other 29+ children in the room – the list is endless.

    To be a teacher is to be a nurse, a psychologist, a social worker, a subject matter specialist, a mentor, and often times a role model for a child who may not have any other caring individual in their life. There is a reason teacher’s refer to their students as “my kids. ”

    Teachers often work late into the night grading papers and writing college recommendations, struggling to devise engaging lessons and quality assessments. They visit student’s families when they are in trouble, show up at funerals and try to offer words of comfort and at hospitals to provide support. They help kids and sometimes their parents find jobs, and try to find them support services when they need economic or medical assistance.

    Don’t ask them to be a SWAT team member too, they already have their hands full.

    It has been my experience that teachers are some of the bravest people I have ever met. They get up every day to do a job for low pay and even even less respect. They face challenges that can not possibly be met with limited resources and little support and yet they tackle them cheerfully and with a sense of determination that never ceases to amaze me.

    Six women were killed at Sandyhook Elementary School, Rachel D’Avino (whose best friend had planned to propose to her on Christmas Eve), Dawn Hochsprung (who leaves behind a husband and five children), Anne Murphy (who threw her body on top of her children in an attempt to shield them), Lauren Rousseau (a substitute teacher who wanted to be a teacher “from before she was in kindergarten”), Mary Sherlach (the school psychologist who rushed toward the gunman in an attempt to stop him, who was due to retire this year), Victoria Soto (who tried to block the door to protect her students, and whose actions allowed many of her students to escape). Vice Principal Natalie Hammond, and another teacher were seriously injured in the shooting. How many of those self satisfied pundits who like to bash teachers and public education from the safety of their think-tanks would have shown the same grace and determination under these circumstances? How many of those gun advocates would have shown the same courage and willingness to sacrifice themselves under the same circumstances? How many politicians who argue against funding mental health care would have been willing to face down the deranged gunman the way that school psychologist did? How many of these expert critics would have shown such unimaginable courage in the face of such unimaginable horror? Not many I think.

    They and the 40 other staff members who survived this massacre taught all of us the meaning of the words generosity, kindness (one teacher barricaded her little ones in a bathroom and repeated “I love you” over the sound of gunfire, so, if worse came to worse, those would be the last words the children would hear), and self sacrifice. Their actions would have earned a soldier a purple heart and in so doing, they gave us a living example of what heroism looks like. They are my heroes. Teachers are my heroes, the shining light in the midst of an unfathomable darkness.

    Let’s not mention the gunman’s name. Let’s deprive him and all the other perpetrators of violence in this world of their “15 minutes of fame” and their time in the headlines. Instead, let us remember the bravery of Rachel, Dawn, Anne, Lauren, and Victoria. And while we are at it let’s take the time to hug our children and to thank a teacher.

  12. Amen, Deb. Amen

    Why not put a trained professional in every school?
    Why ask teachers to do a job that they were not trained for or may find morally repugnant?
    Teachers are hired to teach not patrol and kill.

  13. The situation at Harrold ISD is totally unique. They are in the middle of nowhere.

    Houston ISD has its own law enforcement. The high school just half a block from my home….. has an HPD Storefront. Armed officers are in and out all hours of the day. We, as a community wanted it, we raised money to help pay for it, and it’s been there since 2000. There is a “connecting” door to the school.

    I don’t think in cities that have law enforcement, there is any need to even think about “arming” teachers.

    I’ve read several accounts of the Newton atrocity. Some said the boy took his own life, others said he was shot by law enforcement. It will take some time to sort all that out.

    The biggest culprit in this situation, as I see it, was this kid’s easy access to a gun, that was designed, and sold for one purpose….. to kill a lot of people, in as short a time as possible.

    And, I agree with other posters on not mentioning names. And, I don’t think this Texas gun dealing idiot should be getting the publicity he’s getting, either. JMHO.

  14. daChipster says:

    This guy’s IQ is so low it could pass a breathalyzer.

  15. Deb, THANK YOU!!!

  16. Shavedwombat says:

    seems to me it would be easier to install electromagnets in all schools…someone pulls out a gun you flip a switch and they’re dangling from the ceiling

  17. @daChipster; after takin a long look at his pic, I’m pretty sure his IQ is the Only thing that could pass a breathalyzer!

  18. 1toughlady says:

    Louis Gohmert thinks Texas teachers should all be armed, too. I think he and Keller are two of a kind. Perhaps they should get gay married, I’m sure they’d be happy playing with each others’ weapons.

  19. @Deb, that’s was so nice. Though in my 70’s now, I still remember very fondly some of the grammar school teachers I had who were so good and devoted to their job. Good teachers give much more than they receive.

  20. Deb, thank you. You said it, all of it, and you said it well.

    Teachers have enough on their plate without having to worry about SWAT tactics and keeping guns out of the hands of the -kids-.

    …..On a separate note, a friend of mine pointed me at this, and I wanted to share it around a bit more. I found it powerful. And relevant.