Bubba strikes again!
Our House of Representatives here in Mississippi recently passed a bill allowing ANY school employee to carry a gun on school grounds. From the Lunch Lady to Joe the Janitor, they’ll all be armed. This could be the break the homeschoolers were looking for.
Junior didn’t do his homework? Forget detention. Now the teacher could just shoot him. Some third grader turns his nose up at the cafeteria meat loaf? Bam, take him out. And those kids smoking in the boys’ room? It’ll be showdown at the OK Corral with the janitor. Being sent to the Principal’s office could take on new meaning.
Sound absurd to you? Well, it is. And so is the notion of allowing concealed weapons on school grounds. Representative Bubba (yeah, really, that’s his name) Carpenter is the author of this insanity, but he somehow mustered enough votes among the other Bubbas to get it through. There are no requirements for gun safety training, no limit on who can carry the weapon. They even took out the clause about psychological evaluations. Any crazy Bubba walking the halls with a school ID can pack a weapon.
Do parents really want all those guns floating around their children’s schools? Do principals really want the responsibility of supervising employees loaded for bear? Did any of the Bubbas at the state Capitol ask educators and parents about the wisdom of such a move? Or did they just do what all Bubbas do? Shoot from the hip first. Ask questions later.
Bubba dun done it agin’! Just made us all look like fools in Mississippi.
>> Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ph.D., CFA, is president of New Perspectives Inc. in Ridgeland — (601) 991-3158. She is also an assistant professor of finance at Mississippi College. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and her website is www.newper.com.