“A class full of first-graders may look like a ripe target to a madman with a gun, but what if those first-graders were armed to the teeth?”
I just read this superabsurd Op-Ed stories in Press-Enterprise by Mark Muckenfuss entitled “Keeping our gun legacy alive”. But wait, before you condemn me read the story. Some readers and teachers may be shocked.
Rambo MUCKENFUSS is foolhardy on this one.
I understand that Assemblyman Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is doing what he believes is best for California with his newly introduced bill AB 202 — allowing educational funds to train willing teacher and to allow them to carry concealed weapons and have their names kept secret. Granted there are valid reasons pro and con.
However, Mark MUCKENFUSS takes his views on guns and teachers beyond Connelly’s intent of the Assembly Bill 202.
MUCKENFUSS’ hysteria pushes his views full monty to the outer limits of superabsurdity. He writes, “Maybe teachers should be required to pack heat and train for battle.”
MUCKENFUSS goes on to write:
“If teachers aren’t willing to kill for their students, if they can’t leap from their desks and get off four or five rounds before hitting the ground and then empty the rest of the clip as they slide up the aisle between two rows of desks, maybe they don’t belong in the classroom in the first place.” He adds, “We need to renovate the Three Rs: Reading, Writing and Reloading.”
Many teachers would refuse to be combat trained for battle. Some grandmothers and other teachers are just not emotionally wired to be combat ready to kill errant kids. And legislating as a mandatory condition to a teaching credential that all teachers be combat ready like a strikeforce of Special Ops Navy Seals is not only preposterous but it drives our state to the corner of a sweeping police state.
This may even be unconstitutional and it may violate labor laws.
Don’t misunderstand, I am solidly behind the Second Amendment: I believe all that qualify individuals that desire should be allowed to have a conceal and carry permit (with the proper training). I’ve had a civilian conceal and carry permit. And did in fact carry in some situations.
It’s just that I oppose teachers packing heat in the classroom. It’s an emotional overkill response. I respect gun views unlike mine, and recognize I’ve been overly harsh on Assemblyman Connelly — but MUCKENFUSS’ views are muck, trashy and preposterous.
What the hell is MUCKENFUSS thinking? He even attacks NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre as being in bed with the gun manufactures.
Here’s another MUCKENFUSS brilliant statements:
“Sure, it might be a little difficult to play four square or tetherball when you’ve got your AK strapped across your chest, but buck up. This is America.”
Yes, this IS America. That’s why AKs strapped across teachers chest while on the playground is superabsurd. Besides which, on the playgrounds it’s usually substitute teachers and/or teachers assistants. Are they too to be mandated to kill six year olds?
“… the sooner we can turn those rug rats into little Rambos the better off we’ll be. Think what it would be like if we required our 4-year-olds to consistently hit a silhouetted target in the head at 50 yard…” — Mark Muckenfuss
I have invited Mr. Muckenfull to comment on this story in Cactus Thorns.
OPINION / COMMENTARY /BRANSON HUNTER
Reach Mark Muckenfuss at 951-368-9595 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Full story, “Keeping our gun legacy alive”.