Did you know that one out of every 25 teachers is a child molester? There are 3 million public school teachers. You do the math!
Ten percent of all children in school, today, will be molested by a teacher.
90% of all school molestations are by men.
Award winning male teachers are the ones most likely to molest young children. These are the very teachers the NRA wants armed.
Teachers who abuse children, are often, allowed to continue to destroy lives. Unless the tale is quite sensational, the media often ignores the story. Quite often, the child who dares report the story is destroyed.
“...One report mandated by Congress estimated that as many as 4.5 million students, out of roughly 50 million in American schools, are subject to sexual misconduct by an employee of a school sometime between kindergarten and 12th grade. That figure includes verbal harassment that’s sexual in nature….”
One of the idiocies of the past week is the far right’s belief that armed civilians will stop mass shootings. Because of their delusions, they want teachers armed. The problem with this, and other far right delusions is that, well, they are delusional! The NRA now says there should be armed guards at schools. On the surface it sounds good. But, when you are dealing with a psycho with a billion rounds of ammunition and some hyper drive bullet blaster that shoots a million of those rounds in a nano second, it’s a joke. If cops are usually outgunned, how on earth is a rent-a-cop going to take out a psycho? They will be cannon fodder!
The problem with this, and with the extreme gun control crowd is that the Sandy Hook shootings had nothing to do with armed teachers or gun control. It really didn’t have much to do with dealing with mental illness in a societal fashion. It certainly wasn’t about removing God from schools. It was not caused by moral decay.
It was about an extremely foolish woman who was, apparently, incapable of giving up her hobby of guns, even when facing the fact that her disturbed son was dangerous. Stories are now leaking out that she was attempting to have him committed and was terrified of him. If so, why the heck didn’t she remove the guns.
Nothing – not all the rules and regulations in the world are going to protect the innocent from the stupidity of others, even when that stupidity was neither evil or malicious. All the rules and regulations will not protect the innocent from the well meaning laws of unintentional consequences. The slaughter of the innocent began back in the 1970s during the backlash against the very real horrors of the mental health institutions. Those rightly trying to help the majority who were maltreated made it difficult for individuals like Adam Lanza to be committed for the good of society. Even that – though – could have been rendered an annoyance if this stupid, stupid, foolish woman had not been obsessed with weapons. It was not her obsession with weapons that was the problem. The problem was her abject stupidity to remove those weapons because of a dangerously mentally ill son.
There are no laws against stupidity. Maybe that’s the problem. The stupid wish to build upon stupidity by demanding teachers be armed.
“...In the wake of the unthinkable massacre in Connecticut, pro-gun ideologues are once again calling for ordinary citizens to arm themselves as a solution to mass shootings. If only the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School had possessed a M-4 assault rifle she could’ve stopped the killer, they say. This latest twist on a long-running argument isn’t just absurd on its face; there is no evidence to support it. As I reported recently in our in-depth investigation, not one of the 62 mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years has been stopped this way. More broadly, attempts by armed civilians to intervene in shooting rampages are rare—and are successful even more rarely. (Two people who tried it in recent years were gravely wounded or killed.) And law enforcement overwhelmingly hates the idea….”
There is this disgusting far right version of the world, where all teachers should be armed. There is also this need for more male teachers for younger children. Charlotte Allen absolutely disgraced herself and NRO, which can’t be disgraced much more without becoming a rival for World Net (Nut) Daily with this commentary:
There is another reason The Pink Flamingo completely opposes arming teachers.
After familial abuse, more children are molested by teachers – educators – than any other group of people. The majority of the molesters are men. The simple demand of putting more male teachers into the younger grades defies logic and reason. This is where defenseless little kids are molested, their lives forever ruined.
You want to arm these people?
The Pink Flamingo is also a statistic. When I was in the third grade, I was molested by the principal of the school. If the man who molested me had been armed, the way the NRA and the far right wants teachers armed, I would have been another statistic – a murdered child. I was locked in a dark closet on a cold, fall day. (I still don’t like the cold, dark rooms, or fall – and this happened many years ago). The only weapon he had, at that time, was a letter opener. If he had had a gun with him, he would have used it.
The man stalked me. He threatened to kidnap me. He threatened to kill my family. If he had been armed, he would have done so.
What most people don’t understand is that pedophiles threaten little kids, by telling them they are going to kill their families, parents, siblings, or animals. Having a pedophile teacher armed, with a gun in sight will destroy more lives than school shootings ever will. I know. Mine was destroyed.
The very people the far right wants to arm in schools, awarding winning male educators are the ones most likely to be the child molesters. Of course, it has been The Pink Flamingo’s observation that members of the far right are the ones least likely to think that child molestation is real.
Please, pardon me if I sound bitter. I’m over the bitterness. I simply don’t trust these people. Yes, I’m cynical when it comes to elementary school teachers. I’m sure most are a laudable lot, but it has been my experience, that they are too often the dregs of society.
The daughter of one of my best friends, a young woman I think of as my third niece, has finally secured a job as a first grade teacher. If all elementary school teachers were like her, we would have a wonderful world. And, yes, I’d not hesitate to arm her. I don’t think she would do it, but there are some people who are “safe”. She is one of them.
Her students are very fortunate little kids! All children should be so lucky!