Beverly Hoback, in her guest commentary in the March 4 Herald, is right to understand that she cannot be responsible for the safety of students because she does not see herself as capable of being a rescuer. If you were bleeding or choking to death, some would wait for someone else to save your life, and would watch you die because they would not attempt to do something beyond their ordinary capability. Such is the mind-set of people who object to arming teachers.
There is always a possibility of injuring or killing the wrong person in a shooting incident. The police live with that possibility constantly because they feel obligated to protect people. There is also a scenario where you are hiding in your seat and watching someone systematically kill the children in your charge, while you are praying to God and wishing you had a gun and were trained to do something to stop it. That possibility seems even more horrifying than almost any other possibility.
No one would expect a person to carry a gun who objected to it and no one is proposing that they should. But teachers who are willing, and are properly trained and qualified should be allowed to be armed.
There are times in our lives when we must be the rescuer because no one else is there yet. Should we be willing to watch people die while we wait for others to do something because we are paralyzed by the fear of making a mistake? Is that the lesson our teachers have for our culture and our children? When we believe that, we prove ourselves to be more concerned about ourselves than our children.