What if The Teachers had Guns?

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I am very liberal.  I spent most of my life involved in animal rights on all levels and even  “direct action,” spending time in jail for chaining myself with numerous others to the fur racks at Macy’s.  More recently, I was the lead organizer for many trap, spay/neuter, re-release projects of street cats/dogs all over Southern California and throughout the country of Turkey.  On the human realm: I advocate for special education children, on occasion still pick up the oddly out-of-place (wrong decade that is) hitchhiker, make and deliver food to my shut-in neighbor, and have appointed myself “designated driver” for a few lost souls (mere strangers) at a bar/restaurant that I frequent.  No wonder I am a prime target for Sociopaths and Borderlines.

Speaking of the bar/restaurant: I have a great group of older male-friends that I socialize with and seek out advise.  They guide me through life and even straighten me out when I start projecting the “victim” attitude and posture.  The guys not only look out for me but constantly tease me for my liberal views, and since many of them fought in Vietnam, they are pro-gun.  I kill nothing and even gently escort all spiders, no matter how big and scary looking, out of my house and into a safe bush.

I entered my regular “establishment” yesterday after the Connecticut Mass Shooting and said, “Well, what do you think about guns now?”  I thought for sure my liberal ways would prevail with this loaded question.  One of the guys responded back: “If the teachers had guns, so many wouldn’t have died.”  My mouth hung open, I became speechless and meekly respond, “Oh, that’s true.”  This resonated with me on another level as well: I am a teacher and have been in some dangerous situations.

This morning, my mind flashed back to a discussion that I had a few weeks earlier with a friend and she said: If we all publicly exposed the sick people that use, exploit, cause damage, and harm us, perhaps they would not be able to destroy the innocents over and over again.  But are the horrible people that cause so much harm and destruction to innocent people exposed? Not usually, and especially the Sociopaths that cause destruction in covert ways.

When a Sociopath’s target is slowly dismantled (emotionally; psychologically; reputation and social-standing wise), soon the target’s life is filled with shame and guilt.  The individuals that attract Sociopaths and those with other Personality Disorders, are usually people-pleasers with low self-esteem and wobbly self-boundaries.  When we realize that we not only attracted, but welcomed yet another “crazy” person into our lives, we feel shame and embarrassment, blame ourselves and ultimately shut-down.  Who is protected in the end? The Sociopath is and he/she can easily move on to their next target.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where we have to watch everything we say, give everyone the benefit-of-the-doubt, worry about being sued for “slander” and basically tolerate everyone and everything.  What if the good people stood up against the bad people, exposed them, fought them, and became strong against them?

What if the teachers did have guns?

And for those harmed by Sociopaths or someone with a Personality Disorder: What if you didn’t hide away with shame? What if you spoke out, used your experiences to teach others, and stood tall and strong for what you believe in?

Lynna, My Sociopath – Struck by A Sociopath

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Author: My Sociopath

Oceanside, California

6 thoughts on “What if The Teachers had Guns?”

  1. Good question, what if teachers had guns, or what if teachers didn’t need to have guns? A few years ago, before the political correct posturing in schools and politics there was no need for guns to protect from the deranged. Parents still had the right to discipline their off spring, schools had rights to discipline students, students were taught respect for students, school property, faculty and themselves. But that became too far off the scale and balance took place in the form of the feel good society of the 1960’s – and here we are – so the deranged think it feels good to kill, rape or rob and it is ok.

    1. Ray’s Mom: Absolutely agree with you. I am a teacher and had to go more one-on-one tutoring just because of the severe discipline problems in the schools. I didn’t feel like I was teaching, only trying to manage “behaviors.” I am in constant shock over how adults’ behave as well.

      I just got back from my gym and women were talking on their phone in the sauna, men were grunting and swearing as they were doing weights…I mentioned this to the front desk clerk…she rolled her eyes while chewing gum and said in a 1980’s Valley Girl Accent, “yeah, so what, what do you want me to do about it?” I had a flippen’ heart attack (lol)!

      1. I worked most of my career in retail management and had to deal with some of the ‘new generation’ of screaming to get attention in a crowded store, children running, destroying display merchandise and parents that just told the clerks that they were unreasonable…

      2. I just opened up the eotrdiial section of the Bucknellian and was humored by the lively response on the “Gun Policy” by Alexander Riley to eotrdiial writer Amanda Ayers. While the eotrdiial opinion piece may have lacked pertinent details supporting the enforcement of existing gun laws as written, it nevertheless adequately supported the second amendment and the founders’ intentions. The response, on the other hand, while well intentioned, was an unfortunately predictable piece riddled (no pun intended) with holes, emotion, and misguided logic. Let us first start with the “obligatory” reference to the founders, who he wryly remarks “we are told like guns.” While it is historically debatable what the founders’ personal likes and dislikes were, what is clear is that the “invitation to struggle” that became the US Constitution was brilliantly framed to limit powers of each branch of government, and more profoundly, to outline protections of its citizenry by listing what a government writ large could not control. The Federalist papers and Anti-Federalist papers leading up to the Constitutional convention clearly followed one key vanguard that was codified into law – an inherent and wise distrust of what often develops when centralized power devolves to tyranny over its citizenry. Mr. Riley accurately identifies social norms that did not track with later values in the 19th and 20th Centuries, and they were rightly corrected through the amendment process. He incorrectly draws parallels that evolving social norms now must be aggressively applied to gun ownership, and that drafting additional laws to restrict lawful gun ownership is essential, presumably regardless of whether or not they progressively whittle away at a Constitutional right with a clear end game. The follow on questions then become: Is a deliberate journey to undermine the 2nd Amendment and slowly prevent lawful gun ownership by citizens the right path? Is private gun ownership in of itself an outdated concept in the modern world? Ask the Korean-American business establishment during the LA riots or perhaps more recently (albeit abroad) the Green movement in Iran what they think on this subject. Mr. Riley also conveniently skips details in his argument, like the magazine bans that have occurred elsewhere, previous “assault looking” weapons bans, and other laws that have had in fact adverse impacts on crime; that cities with the most restrictive anti-gun laws like Washington DC, Detroit, and Los Angeles have experienced increases in gun violence when the “bad guys” became the only ones who are carrying them. Conversely, numerous other cities have experienced the reverse when concealed permits were increased. The shooter in the Tucson tragedy, certifiably insane by any measure, was in fact already in violation of numerous gun laws already in place, and he will no doubt suffer the consequences for his actions. Yes, the “man” did do the action, and yes, a large clip enabled him to carry out this crime with ruthless efficiency and violence. What Mr Riley omits is that someone of this mind, already in violation of the law, could and likely would have resorted to other measures such as a homemade bomb, an automobile, rat poison, or any other imaginable means with equally deadly efficiency, precision and murderous results. Sociopaths do these things, hence the name, and a reactive and alarmist response (with a political agenda behind it) to such horrors makes for bad broad policy and further limits rights, like it or not Mr Riley, that are in fact guaranteed under the constitution. I wonder what Mr. Riley’s response would have been if a private citizen legally carrying a firearm had downed this sociopath, as has occurred in other crime scenes. No mind, he was on a roll. “The Germans were bombing Pearl Harbor” as John Belushi so eloquently pointed out in Animal House. Let us next look at the “1965 and 2000 from firearm accidents than were killed in the entire duration of the Vietnam war” argument. Perhaps based on that we should outlaw cars, motorcycles, power tools, and lawnmowers, which data shows clearly have killed more Americans than either Vietnam or firearms. Perhaps the most disturbing remark of the response, however was “It is depressing to see how frequently, in this country where education levels are so high, and even in a university like this one where students must excel academically just to gain admission, the falsehoods of the extremist gun lobby are uncritically reiterated in this manner.” Translation: Even though you must be “book smart” to get into a school of this caliber, you are nonetheless ignorant to disagree with me (in upholding the Constitution)…perhaps in time you will become more “enlightened” (as I am) and see the real truth someday as it is outlined in partisan writings of like-minded individuals. Wow, I guess those founders really didn’t know what they were up to.

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