President’s plan to arm teachers is no laughing matter

By Paul Sassone

Paul Sassone

Arm teachers …

Arm teachers …

Where have I heard that before?

In the wake of the Florida school shooting President Donald Trump and others are urging that some teachers in every U.S. school carry guns with which to defend students should a gunman attack.

But this was not the first time I heard such a suggestion.

And then it hit me.

I remembered an episode of “All in the Family.” America had been suffering a wave of airplane hijackings. Through a series of unlikely events Archie Bunker was given TV air time to put forth his ideas on how to stop the hijackings.

Archie’s solution?

Arm all passengers.

Hand out guns when they board. Pick them up as they deplane.

I remember laughing at the idea. It was clever and, of course, lunatic and ludicrous.

Not anymore.

Today, it is a serious proposal espoused by the President of the United States.

Now, though, it’s teachers not passengers being armed.


President’s plan to arm teachers is no laughing matter–