It’s really easy to play armchair quarterback with the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. A lot of people who were not there have all sorts of opinions. For example, most people are calling former school resource officer Scot Peterson a coward because he did not enter the school during the shooting. I can’t really say I would have either, even if I were a cop. The entire shooting lasted six minutes. There was really not time to do a whole lot of thinking. And what would have happened if he had gone in? Would he have really had the opportunity to save those 17 kids? Perhaps, he would have died, too. Would that have been a good thing?
And now some folks want to arm teachers. Let me tell you as a former middle and high school teacher, I would have been useless with a gun in that situation. First of all, I have stress induced IBS attacks. So, as soon as I heard gunshots and saw kids running and screaming, I would have shit my pants. Then, I would maybe think, “I should get that gun in the drawer.” So, I would probably start shaking from the stress and the fact that I am running around with shitty pants on. I would grab the keys to the gun drawer, because I’m assuming it would be locked, and then I would probably drop them three times. If I did manage to get the drawer open, I would probably drop the gun and end up shooting myself somehow, or I would maybe shoot a student by accident. Then, I would be bleeding, shitting, and crying.
Aside from the people who want to arm teachers, there are the religious people who want to arm the schools with God. Just like with every school shooting, the religious folks are saying this happens because God isn’t allowed in school. In fact, the Florida House just voted to put “In God We Trust” on all school buildings.
What does an in god we trust sign actually do? Does it give God permission to enter schools and stop bullets? Because to some religious people, the separation of church and state is the reason kids are getting shot. So, God is pissed because the faculty and administration are not allowed to push religious views? He sounds like a jerk.
There seems to be a common misconception that prayer in school has been outlawed. This is not the case. The school FORCING students to pray has been outlawed. Students can pray all they want. I’m sure a lot of people have prayed for the shootings to stop. It doesn’t seem to be working.
I have heard people say that God was in fact in the building in Florida because so many students did not die. So, who is responsible for the people who did die, the devil? I’m sorry, but in my ever so humble opinion, that is just not rational. It kind of reminds me of when Potsie Weber lived under my bed when I was 7.
As an atheist, I’m often asked if I’m afraid of going to hell. The answer is no. I am pretty sure I’m already living in hell. I live on a planet where people are murdered daily and the majority of people are waiting for an invisible man in the sky to save us. I’d be more likely to believe that Batman is coming to save me than God.
I don’t have an issue with my friends having a religious practice that brings joy and peace to their lives. I have an issue with the concept that someone having “faith” is a better person than someone who is skeptical of things that are not supported by facts.
Even now in 2018, there seems to be this belief that people who believe in God are somehow better or more moral than those of us who don’t. I have finally given up on The Today Show as I’m a little tired of hearing Kathie Lee talk about “good people of faith.” She does this daily, in different conversations. They could be talking about Twizzlers, and it would end up being about her and her faith.
During the Billy Graham segment, she said Jesus was the cure for “malignancy of the soul”. I switched over to Good Morning America. Kathie Lee perpetuates the myth that you have to believe in an invisible person in the sky to be a good person. This is just not logical or correct. It is a shame that Kathie Lee is permitted to proselytize on Today.
My point is, and I do have one, that you really don’t know how you would react in a fast-paced life or death situation. You can imagine and you can hope, but you don’t know. So, you shouldn’t judge the people who were actually in that situation. Also, we need to start doing something real about all of these shootings. Whether God is real or not, he’s simply not showing up to help. So, as many people have said already, I am going to join whatever political party those kids in Parkland are starting. They are actually working for change and I hope a bunch of paid-off old white guys do not stand in their way.