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You're IN a theater and a lunatic w/a pistol decides to shoot up the place. Where would u rather be?

  • Dallas, Texas

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  • Toronto, Canada

    Votes: 8 28.6%

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They are a good example of a once prosperous democracy that turned to progressivist socialism relatively recently.

Germany is another example of a country that confiscated the privately owned firearms before their Nazi Reich. We know how that turned out.

There were both industrialized nations with wealth and opportunity. That said, we need to come to one of the two following conclusions from these examples to reconcile it to our beliefs:

-We are better than the Venezuelans and Germans and they are bad or stupid or bigoted people.
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-A voting majority of humans can fall susceptible to bad political ideas that lead down a really bad path.
They are 2 examples vs tons of examples where govs are not shooting at the citizen (like almost all of Europe nowadays).
 

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They are 2 examples vs tons of examples where govs are not shooting at the citizen (like almost all of Europe nowadays).
Agreed. Totally understand, but political instability does happen in unlikely places. Just because it is stable now doesn't mean it will stay that way.

To argue otherwise would be to argue that Germans and Venezuelans just had something wrong with them.

"We (insert nationality here)s would never support such a thing."

Yeah right...I bet the Venezuelans said the same thing about the Germans.
 
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They must be in it for the job, not to do the job well.
Right and to get us back on topic for I fear we have veered away this is exactly why arming teachers is such an absurd answer. Only in "kindergarten cop" does a teacher with 5 year olds make a great candidate as a school shooting hero.

And lets lets rem that simply arming the teachers was a concession to the actual cost of having an armed guard present during school hours (im im s some schools do this right now)

They want the teachers , who got into teaching in order to teach. To not only double as parents and counselors and disciplinarians and all the other hats they wear but now be fearless warriors and good marksmen?

Im Sure the existing shortage of teachers and high turnover won't be effected at all. Oh! And now the classroom has a loaded gun in it so the would be shooter doesnt even have to get passed the metal detector just overpower one teacher. I know all my middle and highschool teachers were trained martial artists who did powerlifting as a hobby so no worries here.

Frankly this idea stinks. Its absurd that this is bring framed as a solution.
 

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I admittedly have almost no background with firearms. I just look at the profile of your average high school teacher and see psychological risk.
Everyone who hates firearms, has zero experience with firearms.

This falls in the same arena as taking business advice from my dad who has worked the same service job for 35 years.
 
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I believe the point is being missed. The idea is not to have teachers in a shootout with the assailaint. The idea is that the people who attack schools do so because they are a soft target and they are amongst the biggest cowards in the world.

Now in Florida they will have to consider the very real possibility that they could be shot back at, which in and of itself will likely deter would be shooters.

The media will of course spin this as ineffective because obviously nobody is going to say “well, I planned a shooting but decided not to because I don’t want to be shot at.” Its the same nonsense as “No armed civilian has ever stopped a mass shooting” of course not, because by definition it is not a mass shooting if it is stopped.

I agree with your opinion.

But can somebody explain why I have never heard about a shooting being stopped by other citizen carrying guns? Were there situations like that or do we (gunless Eurokids) simply never hear from it?
Our beloved media is too busy being concerned over who dressed up as what for Halloween in 1982...
 

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@Roli, the police are some of the poorest shooters I have ever met. Nearly every single police officer that I have come across at the range was an arrogant, cocky SOB who could hardly handle his firearm. And those were the ones who actually go to the range. It frightens me deeply to know that most never even make it to the range, and that is the attitude that is bred into them.

Put my life in the hands of a police officer? No thanks, I want to avoid that situation at all costs.

In other related news, my wife's best friend is a police officer. He literally said to me that all cops will eventually face a situation where someone points a gun at them. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. I live in a city where almost no cops will ever even see firearms other than their own. So to instill that matter of distrust and hate into their members, and then make them the most vocal opponents of citizens having firearms, it is no wonder the public is so frightful and misinformed.

People also take stats completely out of context. Gun crime is violent crime. Go find some stats that show how violent crime is effected after taking guns away, not gun crime. In the UK and China there are tons of knife attacks, in the UK there is acid attacks. But that is all ok because it is not firearm crime, right?

How about the new trend of renting or stealing a large truck and plowing it into a crowd of people? How do we address that? Perhaps there is something that is causing violent crime that needs to be looked at, and not the tool being done to aid this crime.
 

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Everyone who hates firearms, has zero experience with firearms.

This falls in the same arena as taking business advice from my dad who has worked the same service job for 35 years.
100% agree!! The people who are the most vocal are the most uneducated on that particular subject. I have worked my entire adult life in the oil industry, and the amount of pure BS that people talk on that subject is just staggering. Pipelines, The "tar" sands, fracking... the less people know the more they lie about it and call it the truth. Does all of this have issues? You bet your a$$ it does. Are those issues anything even closely related to what people spout on their soapboxes? Not even close.

Hear a lie enough times and it eventually becomes the truth
 

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When I was in Kindergarten I just did nothing. Didn't fill out any papers, didn't write my name on anything. Apparently my parents and teachers worried I had a mental deficiency or something. My Mom wanted to try a Montessori school, my Dad was skeptical but decided to try it since there was nothing to lose.

I recall bits and pieces of it, basically they had "stations" set up you can wander to and work on whatever you feel like. I found that much more fun and interesting, ended up learning how to read at a 3rd grade level and understood the basics of multiplication. Worked out ok.

We ended up moving and went back to a "normal" school for 1st grade, but by then I had advanced so far there weren't any more issues. But I wonder if I would have advanced further or faster had I stayed in a Montessori school, and if that's what "normal" should be.
Off topic, but my wife and I are planning to send our son to Montessori type schools. A good family friend was a teacher at one for years, and it seems like a pretty reasonable way to educate kids. Much better than the assembly line drug/indoctrinate system at the public schools.
 

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Everyone who hates firearms, has zero experience with firearms.
What about the mother of a toddler who shot his father by accident? What about someone paralysed or who has had a loved one taken away by guns? These people have experience, and they hate firearms.

However if you said everyone in the UK or non gun carrying country has zero experience with firearms, you still wouldn't be right, but you'd be closer to the truth.

@Roli, the police are some of the poorest shooters I have ever met. Nearly every single police officer that I have come across at the range was an arrogant, cocky SOB who could hardly handle his firearm.
Okay, not sure is supposed to prove, but it's interesting.

People also take stats completely out of context.
Of course they do, however some stats you cannot massage, like how many people get shot by their own guns, or by young children who have somehow gained access to their firearms.

in the UK there is acid attacks. But that is all ok because it is not firearm crime, right?
Nobody said it was okay, that's why they made a special law just for that, after a couple of people getting very long sentences the trend seemed to die before it had begun.

How about the new trend of renting or stealing a large truck and plowing it into a crowd of people? How do we address that?
As far as I'm aware this has happened in Europe a couple of times in the last 3-4 years, I'd hardly call that a trend.

As for addressing it, your guess is as good as mine. Though what this has to do with arming teachers I have no idea.
 

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Of course they do, however some stats you cannot massage, like how many people get shot by their own guns, or by young children who have somehow gained access to their firearms.
Sounds like an education problem, no?

I will throw this up here again, the 4 rules of gun safety. Is it impossible to shoot yourself while cleaning your gun if you follow these. Your children will also understand the impact they can have with firearms if they know and internalize these rules. Kids being assholes will always happen, but if they internalize and understand the danger this is far less likely to occur. A child knows not to stab themselves with a knife, they should know not to point guns at things that should not be pointed at as well.

#1 Treat all guns as if they are always loaded.
#2 Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.
#3 Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot.
#4 Be sure of your target and what lies beyond it.
 

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As far as I'm aware this has happened in Europe a couple of times in the last 3-4 years, I'd hardly call that a trend.
This is where as you say, the stats get massaged to fit a narrative. What’s worse: a van plowing into a crowd once killing 84 people or a dozen school shootings with 60 fatalities?

Shitty distinction to make but one side will cry foul over the number of incidents while one will over the end result. Obviously the ideal answer is neither they are both horrific.

As for addressing it, your guess is as good as mine. Though what this has to do with arming teachers I have no idea.
It has to do with the argument being made. Nobody calls for a ban on large vehicles when one is used not as intended and results in dozens of deaths. So why are guns to blame for the irresponsible people that abuse and misuse.

Not really disagreeing with you, just pointing out what the correlation is.
 

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I'm normally not a political person, but I'm sorry, I have to say something about this. This is probably the most poorly thought-out policy I've ever seen. I can't even believe this is real.

Florida teachers can arm themselves under new gun bill - Reuters

Think about the risks. A teacher leaves a gun unattended. A teacher is harassed and looses their temper. The list goes on and on. I don't see how this won't end horribly.
I am 100 percent with you. My daughter goes to a Broward County school which is the county next to Miami Dade. In no way or form do I want to see my daughter in class with any form of a weapon. It is bad enough that we have to have so much security and active shooter drills.

btw...Broward County schools are highly against this policy and are trying to get everyone to get involved.
 

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I am 100 percent with you. My daughter goes to a Broward County school which is the county next to Miami Dade. In no way or form do I want to see my daughter in class with any form of a weapon. It is bad enough that we have to have so much security and active shooter drills.

btw...Broward County schools are highly against this policy and are trying to get everyone to get involved.
I guess you missed the rest of the discussion. @404profound doesn't agree with you any more.
 

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I've added a poll with a hypothetical...

You're in a movie theater and a lunatic with a pistol decides to shoot up the place. He has multiple clips.

Would you rather be in a movie theater in Toronto Canada?

Or in Dallas Texas?


For me, the answer is a no brainer. I want to be in Dallas because I'm sure one of my fellow citizens will be there to help stop it. In Canada, you'll be dead before help arrives.
That's an easy one- Toronto all the way, since they're Canadian they'll spend time apologizing before shooting so you'll have time to leave before they get a shot off
 
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I am 100 percent with you. My daughter goes to a Broward County school which is the county next to Miami Dade. In no way or form do I want to see my daughter in class with any form of a weapon. It is bad enough that we have to have so much security and active shooter drills.

btw...Broward County schools are highly against this policy and are trying to get everyone to get involved.
As @Kak said, I've had to reconsider this. I still acknowledge the risk of teachers having guns from a psychological perspective (e.g., is there enough psychological screening that goes into hiring teachers?). However, it is true that if an assailant were to enter the room, the odds of catastrophe would be much higher if teachers are unarmed. If deciding whether or not to arm teachers is our only solution, there is no perfect solution. I've always thought guns should be manufactured with a tracking chip that maps back to the perimeter of any school, so if a gun approaches school grounds it automatically alerts authorities, or can lock down the school systematically. But we are decades away from that level of maturity in infrastructure security.
 
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