I replied to a recent front page article by asking that we consider starting to hold gun owners more responsible for what happens with their weapons when they are not responsible with them
. Perhaps because I posted it rather late, that comment pulled in only 4 replies (unsurprisingly none of which were in support). One in particular brought up the conservative meme of putting armed security guards in schools.
Previously I thought that this suggestion was just short-sighted conservatism. It occurred to me though in further inspection that this is likely something more significant. I suspect that this comes up not as an attempt to protect the children, but rather as an attempt to end public education as we know it.
How could that be? It's rather simple, really. Let's say that an armed security guard is paid ~$50k/year. Note that entry-level school teachers make significantly less than that. I've never heard anyone suggest that one guard would be sufficient, they really need to come in pairs if you want them to stop an armed intruder, right? Hence you're already looking at $100k/year for one school. Though how many schools have only one set of doors? Every school I went to had at least three sets of doors through which someone could enter - the front (main) doors, a side door closer to the parking lot, and the third door for outdoor activities for the students to enter and leave through. Now you need a pair of guards at each door; you're looking at $300k/year for each school
. High schools often have even more entrances, you could easily surpass $500k/year for guards there.
Yet who will pay for this? The schools can't raise money for it. My sons are in a well-funded district but they are still asked to bring tissues at the start of the year as the school can't afford to supply them. Tissues, to blow their fucking noses into when they aren't feeling well! So now we're talking about laying off 6-8 teachers per school
to pay for armed guards, which will of course increase class sizes.
And don't pretend that this can be done by volunteers. Who has time and competency to do this for free? Do you really want kids defended by retirees carrying semi-automatic weapons? Of course not.
What I find interesting about this though is that the people who are trying to do this to shut down public education have other options. They can send their kids to private schools, or they can home school them. If they don't like the property / school taxes where they live, they can go move to somewhere that has lower taxes.