"Sheepdog, sheep or wolf"?

A candidate for state superintendent of schools said Thursday he wants thick used textbooks placed under every student's desk so they can use them for self-defense during school shootings.

"People might think it's kind of weird, crazy," said Republican Bill Crozier of Union City, a teacher and former Air Force security officer. "It is a practical thing; it's something you can do. It might be a way to deflect those bullets until police go there."

Crozier and a group of aides produced a 10-minute video Tuesday in which they shoot math, language and telephone books with a variety of weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle and a 9mm pistol. The rifle bullet penetrated two books, including a calculus textbook, but the pistol bullet was stopped by a single book.

Crozier said the demonstration shows that a student could effectively use a textbook as protection in a school shooting.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman was skeptical. . . . .

Thanks very much to Christine for sending this to me.
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. . . News item: State Rep. Frank Lasee, R-Bellevue, shakes the nation with his "radical" proposal to arm teachers, in light of recent school shootings. Obviously, the idea that some people want to try and save as many people as possible by fighting back in a time of a school or other massacre is simply crazy. Why wouldn't you just lie down and wait your turn to be shot? That's what anyone with any common sense would do, right? Maybe we can reason with madmen, or at least convince them not to mow down entire grades at a time. In the Sept. 8 edition of Gun List magazine, I read an interesting article by Charlie Cutshaw, a decorated Marine Corps veteran who worked for the Department of Defense. He admits he just repeated his message from an essay by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman called, "On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs." I will abbreviate this brilliant essay even more . . . .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Lott,

Teaching kids to swarm an offeder sounds like a good idea, but I must say that I am completely opposed to this.

True, students may be able to take down a subject, but not before he shoots a few of them first. As an NRA firearms instructor, I can tell you that I have tried this, and each and every time I have gotten off 4 to 6 shots before the "Swarm" got to me.

My point is this: How in the world are we telling kids to stand up and fight when we are not first encourageing or REQUIREING the adults in the schools to take all avaiable measures to protect the kids. By that I mean arming and training teachers, administrators, and even the janitors. Require all teachers to take self defense calsses, like Krav Maga, and encourage teachers to take firearms training classes. We did it with airline pilots, we can do it with teachers.

I'm sure a lot of parents would be horrified if their little Johnny or Jenny tried the swarm and was shot for their effort.

It's time for the ADULTS to start acting like it! Remove the ridicoulous Gun Free Zones and let citizens excercise their rights!

Rob Moore
Marietta, GA

10/23/2006 11:30 AM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Good idea. If it were done as you say it would be a good thing.

I may have learned about arming teachers from John Lott - I don't remember.

When I suggest teachers be armed I never think of any training or of any government program or plan to make this happen. I only think of the whole country respecting the 2nd amendment; and that teachers, like all citizens, buy their own guns, and if they choose to do so, they simply bring them to school (concealed.) I don't envision the entire school staff be trained in the bearing of arms. Only those who choose to bring their guns with them to school.

The one or two who should be armed are the school principle and assistant principle; but if any teacher wants to bring their gun to school they should be allowed, like all of us, to do so. Nothing complex or costly about that. And I don't think a bigger effort to arm the school staff is really neccessary. Once the whole country realizes some teachers MAY be armed then I doubt many nutcases (and students) will even try any violent assault ever again.

It was mostly the gun-bashers who came up with all these massive (and difficult to do) government programs to arm teachers. You should never require just any person to carry a firearm, especially at a school. Only those people who feel up to the task. Especially a leader (school principle) and, if they choose or volunteer, male teachers.

Now you should train a female teaching in a one room schoolhouse how to safely use a firearm. And a lone teacher in a one room Amish schoolhouse should be armed at least with a compact, liteweight saturdaynightspecial, if not a semi-auto, self-loading sawed-off shotgun that can literally blow the walls off the school if needed.

10/23/2006 5:44 PM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

I tell my kid to quickly hit the deck and try to get behind something. I've never told him to do anything passive in nature.

10/26/2006 2:53 PM  

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