In the light of the recent school shootings, such as the one at Virginia Tech, much debate has begun as to whether or not teachers in these schools should be armed with weapons to deter, and protect themselves and the children, from a possible assault. I’m a soon-to-be teacher myself, and am totally aware of the current security issues plaguing the education system. And while I’m not sure arming teachers is the right choice, I hate to say it, but it might be the best choice.
First of all, I’m sure we can all agree there is a security problem in our nation’s schools. These ‘gun-free zones’ have, since Columbine, been an easy target for psychotic and disgruntled individuals. Now in the aftermath of Virginia Tech, anti-gun activists are using the disaster as a staging ground for further anti-gun legislation? But is that the answer? All’s gun laws will do is to prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves. Criminals will still be able to get their hands on them. In addition, anti-gun legislation will also give these criminals the edge because they will know that deterrence is no longer a barrier. If good citizens don’t have guns, criminals won’t have to think twice before coming into your home, or your children’s schools. All it will do is open the doors to these wackos. And also, let’s not forget that there is a constitutional amendment protecting our right to bear arms. So what else is there to do?
Two new articles have been added to the GenCob archives.
The Perfect Man: A Short Analysis of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”
It is not until the Green Knight’s speech, of which the second passage is a section, that Gawain discovers that his nemesis is actually his hospitable host and has slyly used his wife to assess Gawain’s resolve to maintain the integrity of his values. However, even upon an initial reading of the text, there are clues that suggest that there is something peculiar about the friendly lord [...]
“The Crucifixion”: A Short Analysis of the Medieval York Play
The purpose of the soldiers’ remarks in the first passage is to give the viewer a sense of dramatic irony. According to the footnote associated with lines 65-70, the passage can be interpreted as: “You should be meditating, with all your might and main, on the wicked deeds you’ve done. ––I think he might better have stopped saying the kind of things he thought up. –He’ll sorely repent those words soon, despite all his babbling.” Basically, the soldiers are telling Jesus that he doesn’t realize the significance about what is about to take place. But, in fact, the opposite is true. [...]
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Our campaign trips to New Hampshire and Arizona were very successful as I reported to you earlier. I’m now pleased to report that our recent trip to Iowa was equally successful.
On Wednesday, April 11th, I met with several conservative leaders for breakfast in Cedar Rapids. Afterwards, I was interviewed by members of the editorial board of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Following that interview, I appeared on the CBS television affiliate for a live broadcast.
33 people dead, the deadliest school attack in U.S. history. But could it have been prevented?
Around 7:15 this morning, two people were killed, and others injured, in a dormitory on campus. Then, two hours later, at least 30 more people were killed in a related attack across campus. My question is this: Is it campus policy to keep classes open when there has been a multiple-murder on campus, and the murderer has yet to be apprehended? That’s right. Classes were open. Students, faculty, and staff weren’t notified until two hours later when e-mails were sent and students saw armed officers swarming the campus. It wasn’t until 10:00 that the school newspaper stated that the campus was on lockdown, and not until 10:20 that classes were cancelled.
An interview with Congressman and Presidential hopeful Ron Paul on CNN’s Lou Dobbs program which was rescheduled for tonight, April 18th, has been rescheduled again to next Monday night program between 5:30-6:00 PM Central.
According to Paul’s blog, the reason for the postponement is in regards to ongoing coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre on CNN.
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