Hugh Hewitt is asking callers the following question:
Think of the worst teacher at your child’s school. Would you want him or her carrying a gun at school?
Not surprisingly, a lot of callers are saying, “no.”
One of the callers had the intelligent retort:
If you’re talking about just that one teacher, then the answer’s no. But if all the teachers could carry, then sure.
After all, those in favor of gun carry believe that knowing anyone could be carrying tends to discourage bad behavior. As the saying goes, “an armed society is a polite society.”
To illustrate the stupidity of Hewitt’s question, rephrase it by replacing the word “teacher” with “police officer” or “soldier” or “FBI agent” or anyone else who could carry a gun. The answer’s still “no.”
But in a free society we don’t grant “privileges” based on whether the worst of us will abuse them. We deny rights only for good reason and after due process.
Hewitt seems to think that just because the majority of parents would answer “no” to his question that it’s a good idea to ban teachers from carrying handguns on campus. I wonder if he’d also agree that it would also be a good idea to ban lawyers from being able to be talk show hosts on the AM dial. I bet we could get a majority in favor of that proposal, too.