Many in the liberty movement (myself included) have argued that schools would be much safer if teachers were provided the option of carrying firearms. The logic behind this argument is straight forward, allowing teachers the option of defending their students in the event of an armed attack would act as a deterrent to potential attackers.
To examine this argument, let’s dream up a fictional situation. Imagine that you live in a town, let’s call the town LiberalGunFreeZoneville. For the purposes of discussion we will call the town LGFZ for short. LGFZ is a small town, with maybe 200 homes. The mayor and council of LGFZ garner enough support to pass an ordinance making it illegal to own a firearm and require each home to post a gun free zone sign on their front lawn. The only homes that are exceptions to the rule are the mayor’s, city council members’, and police officers’. These three entitled groups are afforded the right of owning a firearm and do not have to post a gun free zone sign in their respective yards.
Let’s up the ante in the above hypothetical town and add a bus full of convicted felons to the scenario. This bus full of convicted felons gets t-boned by an 18-wheeler right in the middle of town. The convicted felons that survive run from the scene seeking cover. Which houses do you think the criminals would choose to enter and which would they avoid?
If you answer that question with anything other than “the houses with the gun free zone signs”, then reread the first three paragraphs and try again.
The same logic applies to schools and protecting children. Mass shooters look for targets that will provide the least resistance. Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes picked the only movie theater within 20 minutes of his apartment where guns were banned. In Colorado, at the time of the shooting, most movie theaters allowed permit holders to carry concealed guns. Cinemark Century 16 Theater in Aurora Colorado did not allow theater patrons to carry concealed guns.
So what happens when a teacher brings a gun to school with the objective of protecting the students that have been entrusted into his care? If you guessed the teacher is charged with a felony and because of this will no longer be able to teach in the state, then you guessed correctly.
This is exactly what occurred in the case of Ned Carter Walker. UT San Diego provides the coverage on the English teacher’s guilty plea to the felony charge of carrying a loaded firearm in a school zone.
Ned Carter Walker, 41, admitted to one count of carrying a loaded firearm in a school zone. In light of the plea, a second count of carrying a knife on campus was dismissed.
Walker faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 in San Diego Superior Court.
The Farb Middle School teacher was arrested in February.
Rueben Littlejohn, the San Diego Unified School District’s police chief, said at the time that some staff members had heard that Walker was keeping ammunition in locked cabinets in his classroom. He said Walker told students and staff that he had a gun and that he loves firearms.
Police checked two locked cabinets in Walker’s classroom but did not find anything improper.
Littlejohn said officers contacted Walker, who initially denied possessing any weapons. After noticing a bulge in one of Walker’s pockets, the officers patted him down and found a .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol with a seven-round magazine. They also found a knife with a 2½-inch blade.
Once you stopping chuckling about the last name of School District’s police chief, Littlejohn, the story becomes a sad reflection of our society. In this case, the defendant’s lawyer stated that he was carrying the gun, which was registered and licensed, in order to protect his students. Unfortunately, Mr. Walker did not have an active concealed carry permit at the time of his arrest. Although, it doesn’t appear that a concealed carry permit would have prevented Mr. Walker from facing felony charges. Permit or no permit the felony charge he pleaded guilty to was carrying a loaded firearm in a school zone. Mr. Walker may have received a lesser sentence if he had a concealed carry permit, but he still would have faced felony charges.
Mr. Walker was arrested in February 2013 and had worked at the school since 2006. The source article does not state the number of times Mr. Walker brought a gun with him to school, but one could assume it was a significant number of times between 2006 and 2013. During his employment at the school Mr. Walker was not involved in any incidents involving a gun or any weapon. He talked openly about owning a firearm and his love of firearms.
Essentially, Ned Carter Walker is being charged for exercising his right to “keep and beer arms” guaranteed by the second amendment. As a result, a layer of defense has been peeled away from the children that he pledged to protect.
In the months that followed the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, elected officials at the federal, state and local level have called for a wide range of legislation. The proposals purport to make children safer and range from an outright ban on all firearms to placing more armed guards or police officers in schools. None of these proposals will make our society safer. The means that will make our schools, offices, movie theaters, and sporting events safer is called freedom. By allowing individuals that are trained to use firearms the opportunity to defend themselves and their fellow man, criminals will be faced with the possibility of armed resistance.
We cannot keep giving evil people the opportunity to slaughter innocent people, without the threat of an armed defense. The same principles that apply to the hypothetical LiberalGunFreeZoneville are true in the real world.