There’s been bickering aplenty when it comes to the issue of arming schoolteachers. Some believe trained staff should have the freedom to protect themselves and their kids. Concealed pistols can make quick work of spazzy school shooters. Guns are certainly more helpful than chucking high heel shoes. Naturally, there are some who disagree; claiming it’s safer for schoolteachers and children to sit in duck-like fashion.
This argument is a new one. An Alabama lawmaker believes teachers shouldn’t be armed because… They’re fragile womenfolk. Delicate, feminine flowers.
Most women, and women teachers in particular, “are scared of guns,” and should not be expected to carry them in classrooms, [State Rep. Harry Shiver, R-Stockton] said.
“I’m not saying all (women), but in most schools, women are (the majority) of the teachers,” Shiver [said]. “Some of them just don’t want to (be trained to possess firearms). If they want to, then that’s good. But most of them don’t want to learn how to shoot like that and carry a gun.”
Shiver was discussing a bill, sponsored by Rep. Will Ainsworth R-Guntersville, that would allow school systems to designate trained teachers and administrators to carry guns on school campuses.
Shiver is a retired physical education teacher and coach of 32 years in Bay Minette. He’s been a vocal opponent of the bill, which now heads to the House after receiving a favorable report in committee.
He has a point. Some women (and some men) don’t desire the responsibility of handing guns in the classroom. Hence the bill allows only designated, trained staff to carry guns. In other words, volunteers who want to undergo vigorous training.
Kind of undoes the whole “you’re oppressing ladies with guns!” argument. Especially considering plenty of women do use guns for protection. They’re more scared of violent criminals than potentially life-saving tools. See Dana Loesch, Courtney Kirchoff, and this chick for example: Badass Teacher Tells ABC Why She Carries a Glock, Why Other Teachers Should Too
For a guy who claims to care so much about the comfort of women, you’d think he’d want them to have the option to ward off bad guys with the pew pews. That way women can avoid hand to hand combat. You know, so as not to chip our freshly polished nails.
Or mayhaps Shiver expects the fine ladies to bat their eyelashes at a potential shooter. He’ll be so mystified by their femininity, he won’t be able to bring harm to their dainty woman-ness. Any scared female teachers will be delighted to know they can protect themselves simply by virtue of their ovarian fortitude. #FlowerPower
Such wrinkled tomfoolery isn’t exclusive to Shiver. This is the same conundrum many gun control advocates slip into. They want to protect women, but they want to limit how women protect themselves. It’s more befuddling than Elizabeth Warren’s fake genealogy.