q1w2e3 saidIt does need to be a presence that's there all the time. The fire extinguishers are not even given a second thought until there is a fire.
Have the children started spontaneously combusting?
Stop gap measures can become de rigueur. What sort of world are we building? And in doing so, what matters more, the second thoughts or prior collective unconscious?
Fire codes and fire fighting equipment make us feel safe as they are not aimed at humans. Housing against the elements makes us feel safe. A standing army can make you feel safe, but also doesn't it make you feel a little nervous--all those guns, what if they turn? Nukes can make a people feel very safe and at the same time can make the very same people feel very nervous.
Does aiming high voltage or other weaponry at life give you a good feeling, even if proposed as protection? It gives me the creeps. It's like creating a localized arms race. How does that foster peace of mind, gun control, an inclination towards preemptive intervention? What does that do to our psyche, especially if we don't give it a second thought? I believe we need to think twice about this.
No, it doesn't give me a good feeling. But I would feel much worse if it was a gun.
It's the non-lethality that is appealing to my practical side. Rather than getting more guns in the classroom (and guess what, there are TWO bills introduced today in Congress to eliminate gun-free school zones), if one can point to something that is reasonably deterrent, it may just eliminate those potential guns in school.
And no, I'm not saying untrained teachers should do it--tasers are weapons and should require training and certification as well.
Looking at the practical side of this, to potentially save the 20-40howevermany children per classroom who could be killed in just moments of a gunman going crazy, you'd have to arm every teacher in every classroom in every school in the country. And beyond what's normally considered practical though I consider it practical, what does that do to our psyche as a nation?
There's just under 100,000 public schools in the country. Another 33,000 private schools, 5,000 degree granting schools and another 2,000 non degree'ers.
There are 77,000,000 students, nursery school thru college, 27% of the population.
55,000,000 students prek-12. Let's just look at those. Say there's 30 kids to a classroom. So you are proposing to introduce into our school system
1,833,333 tasers. What could possibly go wrong with that? To my mind it is practically crazy.
How many school shootings have there been to justify electrifying our teachers? Now here's something that certainly came as a surprise to me while I was just perusing this info. In regard to school shootings, per capita, Canada is more violent than we are.
Let's look again at tasers after Canada gets them and while we're waiting maybe we should start looking more at what Europe is doing.Canada
population of 35,000,000 has seen 7 school shootings since 1989 (1 for every 5 million residents
population of 315,000,000 had 40 shootings since 1989 (1 in every 7.8 million
population of 740,000,000 has seen 16 since 1989 (1 in every 46 mil