Jusme wrote:There are also a plethora of examples of teachers and other "vetted" school employees who demonstrated very poor judgment, to be kind, and outright criminal behavior to name it properly. Again, if the state, due to current constraints, give their blessing to legal citizens, carrying firearms in public, the idea that they will suddenly become less law abiding at a a school, where their own children attend, is, in my opinion, ludicrous.
Every parent will not be able to obtain their LTC, but neither would every school employee. Your arguments sound like they come directly from the MDA playbook. I have no problem with teachers, or any other school employee, being able to carry. I understand that they are the first line of defense for our most precious possession, in the event of an attack. But the idea, that a parent is somehow less likeley, or responsible enough, to put themselves between children and evil, doesn't pass the smell test. JMHO
I don't doubt that if there is an opportunity to put themselves between children and evil they will rise to the occasion. It's been my experience and observation that a parent's instinct flourishes in a crisis, regardless of who the child is. And I don't disagree with you in that, much like with police and doctors, there is the occasional evil amongst the saints. My point of contention comes from the fact that I've often seen generally responsible parents make choices that are wildly irresponsible in a school setting during casual situations (classroom parties are often followed by a slew of complaints regarding things other parents did). A simple example: I've seen parents talk to their children about things that are not their business to discuss around another's child (adult situations). While I wouldn't advocate denying a parent's access to their child at any point in the day, I do agree to limiting their activities when other children are around.
If any parent could be responsible enough to teach (or even aide) a class of children, all you would need would be a birth certificate to prove you were a parent, not a background check and references.