Don’t mess with Texas

Texas School district arms trained teachers

Mass shootings are rare, and over quickly, so thwarting them can be best done by someone already there and NOT in uniform.

12 thoughts on “Don’t mess with Texas

  1. Personally, I think that this is a very bad idea far more likely to lead to tragedy than to prevent one. However, the very high training standards in this Guardian program are a good thing and will make it less likely to end badly. Such training and such competency standards should be required of every hand gun owner. IMHO.

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    1. I’ll agree to training standards for exercising the right to keep and bear arms if you’ll agree to history and civics standards for the right to vote.

      Requiring a higher standard for protecting a school is OK, but rights in public locations are rights.

      But taking advantage of the American tendency to make everything a competition could raise that training even higher. Let the different schools sponsor teams at IDPA matches..


      IDPA competitors are generally much better than police.


          1. “Actual history, not your fantasy versions.”

            History that includes FACTAUL information concerning racism in this country? Not a fantasy, but the reality.

            And the history the deplorables are so well versed in is the whitewashed version that ignores facts.

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          2. What “fantasy versions” are you referring to?

            There is nothing you can cite. Your claim simply shows that I know a lot more about “actual history” than you, and you are one of the smarter ones.

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          3. Go to a gun show someday. You will see that one of the better selling items is books on history.

            You presume a great deal about people you don’t know at all.


          4. Some would consider the “history” tomes sold at gun shows to be “fantasy”.

            You don’t get to make up your won history. But it sure seems like you are trying to justify it.


          5. “You will see that one of the better selling items is books on history.”

            That smacks of a made-up fact. I doubt there is any evidence one way or another.

            Besides, what “books on history” are you referring to? There are plenty of “books on history” that are packed with lies and rubbish. There are, for example, countless books that peddle “The Lost Cause” revisionism of Civil War history. I can well imagine that those books might sell well at gun shows.

            “You presume a great deal about people you don’t know at all.”
            Sniff. Sniff.
            I presume no more than you do. You presumed that your history test would disqualify Democratic voters. I presume it would disqualify deplorable voters. I have a valid reason for my presumption. Racists, sexists, nativists etc. and people easily fooled by con men tend to be both stupid and ignorant.

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        1. Murphy….because I’m not nearly as smart as you can you describe or give the definition of “deplorables?”


          1. “deplorables?”

            Hillary Clinton defined it when she first foolishly used that expression. Here is exactly what she said. . .

            “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it. Unfortunately, there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their website that used to only have 11,000 people. Now have 11 million. He tweets and re-tweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric.

            Now, some of those folks, they are irredeemable. But thankfully, they are not America.

            But that other basket of people are the people who feel the government has let them down, the economy has left them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures. And they are just desperate for change.

            They don’t buy everything he says but he seems to hold out some hope that they’re lives will be different, that they won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re at a dead end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.”

            She was absolutely right about all of it. And now she seem prescient. IMHO.

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  2. The Texas program seems reasonable to me.

    Some time ago, another Forum user posted a list of school shootings dating back to the 1700s. I converted the list into a database and did some number crunching. A most surprising (to me) result of the effort was that the year 1960 stood out as an historical turning point. From that year forward the majority of school shootings were shootings by students.

    Interestingly, the first school shooting in America was an Indian raid on a schoolhouse. For nearly 200 years thereafter, most school shootings were perpetrated by adults, typically disgruntled male teachers/administrators or jilted lovers who had fallen for schoolmarms. Then, as if someone had thrown a switch, the students themselves became the predominant shooters.

    I don’t know why the change occurred, but I’m inclined to think that armed teachers with appropriate training are the best defense.


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