NRATV host Grant Stinchfield — who recently attacked a Jacksonville shooting survivor for supposedly wearing headphones (he was not) — said that federal money spent on guns to arm teachers in Texas was a better use of taxpayer dollars than textbooks for students and after-school programs, notes Media Matters:
Texas is asking to spend federal Department of Education grant money to buy firearms for teachers that have gone through the states school marshal program. Teachers trained to carry firearms in school, in firearms, and the state needs permission to use federal money to do that.
As you can imagine, the left is melting down. Anti-gunner’s outrage that the government would soon be funding firearms to put in the hands of educators. I would argue — of all the things schools use federal grant money for, this may be the most legitimate.
It falls into the core functions of the federal government, provide for the safety and security of its citizens. In fact, using federal tax dollars to buy guns for teachers is more in line, and more in the boundaries of what the federal money should be used for than even textbooks or after-school programs.
Guns in the hands of good guys has a direct impact on our safety, a core function of government.
NPR noted in March that a Gallup poll of teachers found just the opposite:
73 percent of teachers opposed training teachers and staff to carry guns in school. Of those, 63 percent “strongly” opposed the proposal. In addition, 7 in 10 teachers said arming teachers would not be effective in limiting casualties in a school shooting.
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