State Sen. Stan Bingham, of Davidson County, has introduced legislation that would give local school boards the ability to authorize teachers and other school officials to carry weapons on campus.
That’s got to rank right up there with some of the dumbest ideas in legislative history.
Schools have long-established policies that prohibit weapons of any kind on campus and the penalties are stiff for those who violate those rules. That’s indicative of a behavior that society deems particularly unacceptable.
Along comes Bingham, who decides that more guns on campus is the way to protect students in the event that someone comes to campus intent on doing harm.
We can just see our schoolhouses turning into scenes from a Wild West shootout.
Some teacher who’s seen how the cops on TV do it, decides he or she can be a hero, so they barge into a classroom with children huddle along the wall. Imagine the potential for additional loss of life.
If legislators really want to minimize the potential for disaster, the best thing they can do is establish tighter rules for gun ownership, stiffen penalties for those who break the rules and make sure there’s enough resources put into mental health care to help people who might be teetering on the edge of some disastrous decision like shooting up a school.