At yesterday's District 31 crackerbarrel, GOP Rep. Tim Johns explained his vote against House Bill 1087, the school gunslinger bill, in part by saying that no one offered testimony that South Dakota's schools are unsafe.
Quite the contrary, the House Education Committee heard evidence that we teachers and students face less danger from deranged school shooters than we do from God Almighty:
Rob Munson, executive director of the School Administrators Association, said people become teachers and administrators because they want to educate children, not serve as armed guards. He said his military service in the Middle East taught him the importance of knowing when to pull the trigger and when to hold fire. Teachers are not trained or prepared to make those decisions, he said.
A person has a one in a million chance of being struck by lightning on any given day, but there's only a one in 3 million chance a school will be attacked on that day, Munson said.
"Schools are safe environments. Introducing weapons into that school environment changes that whole factor," Munson said [emphasis mine; "SD House Panel Approves Bill on Arming Teachers," AP via Black Hills Pioneer, 2013.01.25].
Funny: I haven't heard any legislator propose funding a refit of all public school buildings to replace metal pipes with non-conductive PVC.
Lightning's bad enough; God's also packing asteroids. Time for some anti-meteor missiles on our schools.