The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. So the House Civil Justice Committee voted to authorize schools to hire armed guards who become qualified by owning a handgun carry permit and taking a little police training.
The sponsor, Rep. Eric Watson, said he sees these auxiliary guards mainly coming from the ranks of retired cops. Even Gov. Bill Haslam, who initially objected to Watson’s legislation, now has blessed it, according to an aide.
The committee did delete from the bill a provision that granted school systems immunity from paying damages for any injuries of innocent people caused by yahoo guards who can’t shoot straight. That was at the urging of Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, who said:
“We are saying to a family who finds out that their child is injured in a school, sorry we chose when we enacted this bill and placed more people with handguns in our schools, we took a few moments to make sure you would be absolutely without recovery. So it’s unfortunate that your child is going to be paralyzed for the rest of his life.”
In speaking for the bill, Rep. Rick Womick, R-Murfreesboro, gave a great explanation for why reasonable people are against it.
“The biggest reason I like your bill is, I can do this,” said Womick, who claims to have attended some kind of federal law enforcement training center at some point in his life.
That’s a truly scary thought. Womick, a certifiable loon who imagines electromagnetic bombs going off, wants to go armed in our schools.