Being a “Thug” in a Building “With Too Many Doors” Defending Students From Kids “Drugged” With “Ritalin” Indoctrinated by “Communist Democrats” – Or, Being a North Carolina Teacher

Oliver North is the incoming president of the NRA.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is an NRA member and the second-in-command in the state of Texas.

Larry Pittman is a “man of God” and also a member of NRA. He also happens to be a representative in the North Carolina General Assembly as is Rep. Mark Brody who happens to have an “A” endorsement fro the NRA.

All four of these gentlemen in the past few days have made rather interesting assertions about either the need for more guns in schools (arming teachers) or the need for teachers to be more submissive to a rather punitive job description of teachers that opposes collective bargaining.

In the aftermath of yet another school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, Oliver North was quoted as saying that the problem is too many “drugged” students.

From CNN.com,

Incoming NRA President Oliver North said the cause of such attacks is youngsters who have been “drugged in many cases.”

“Many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten,” North told Fox News Sunday (https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/20/us/malala-sabika-different-reactions-trnd/index.html). 

This coming from the man who was found guilty of selling arms to militants in a country from whom we just pulled out of a nuclear arms agreement. That country, Iran, now says it will begin enriching uranium again.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stated in a press conference after the Santa Fe shooting many things that he thought could curb violent attacks at schools.

Texas GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said after the nation’s latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, that teachers need guns, parents should secure firearms safely at home, and schools should eliminate some of their entrances.

“We need our teachers to be armed,” Patrick said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” (https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/20/politics/texas-dan-patrick-cnntv/index.html). 

Those two national figures seem to have pinpointed the phantom problems: Ritalin and too many doors. Blame the doctors, the architects, and the engineers. And don’t forget the teachers themselves.

Speaking of medicating for ADHD, take a look at Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk called “Changing Education Paradigms.” It’s simply fantastic. In it he talks about the rise of ADHD diagnoses and the rise of prescriptions for Ritalin.

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If Ritalin really is the problem here as Oliver North would want to portray, then North Carolina might be absolutely one of the worst places to teach. In fact, if you are teacher in a NC public high school, you are already in an everlasting high-alert “tornado watch” for violence.

But according to some NC lawmakers, the problem actually is more focused on a certain subsection of the public school population.

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That is from Rep. Larry Pittman, an ordained minister, who has called for arming teachers in North Carolina to avoid having “blood on their hands” (https://caffeinatedrage.com/2018/04/18/rep-larry-pittman-jesus-would-never-have-sent-that-email-concerning-arming-teachers/). This coming from a man who did not expand Medicare to children living in poverty in NC. That number is over %20 of all the state’s children.

This echoes Lt. Gov. Patrick’s call for arming teachers, but a fellow NC lawmaker said that teachers were “thugs” in a Facebook comment talking about the recent NC teacher protest on May 16th which brought thousands of people to the capital for a day of advocating for schools including safety.

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Arming “thugs” in NC to protect schools with too many doors from people drugged up with Ritalin who may have fallen prey to the ideology of communist democrats in a state controlled by republicans.

Sounds about right.

If there ever was an argument to be made for raising teacher pay these four men just made it. It’s called hazard pay. But there is a premise that is incorrect here. If anything, the way that lawmakers have “assaulted” public schools, it seems to be that what teachers are really doing is trying to protect students and schools from the people trying to protect the gun-industry.

In all of their statements, these four white male, God-fearing lawmakers never talk about gun control measures, legislation that could save schools and students.

That irony is not lost on everybody.

Blaming the recent surge of school shootings on free-thought protected by the amendment that comes before the Second, prescribed medications, and architectural designs rather than lax gun laws can only point to one very important point – our lawmakers have a huge problem in actually confronting the truth if it does not have a large PAC associated with it.

 

Rep. Larry Pittman, Jesus Would Never Have Sent That Email Concerning Arming Teachers

While evoking the paraphrased words of the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, Rep. Larry Pittman once again is calling for more guns to be in our schools.

And this call had some extra extremism added to them.

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From an email he sent to all NCGA members on April 16th:

“We need to allow teachers, other school personnel and other citizens, who are willing, to be screened and to receive tactical training and bring their weapons to school, in cooperation with local law enforcement who would need to be informed as to who is doing this.  We should give them a fighting chance.  Otherwise, when they die, and children die whom they could have defended, their blood will be on our hands.  I cannot accept that.  I hope you will think this through and find that you cannot accept it, either.”

“Blood on our hands.” That’s what he said.

“Blood on our hands.”

Ironic that a pastor/extreme guns’ rights activist asked for people to be screened but still be against gun control laws that call for “screening” of potential gun buyers.

Pittman goes further and says,

“What we must not do is to allow ourselves to be misguided by emotionalism to enact further gun control laws that violate the Second Amendment and the rights of honest citizens.  Such new gun control laws will not solve the problem.  They will only leave good people defenseless, when the best way to stop an evil person with a gun is a good person with a gun.  We will help nothing by violating the rights of 18-20 year old citizens or discriminating against a certain set of long guns simply on the basis of their cosmetic appearance.”

“Emotionalism?” Remember this?

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That was in reference to a Facebook comment on another user’s post.  Pittman and his apparent “emotionalism” speculated the Florida shooter was part of a conspiracy to “push for gun control so they can more easily take over the country” (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article200294174.html).

The original picture was not correct in the first place. And Pittman is not correct in this instance either.

And that mention of “the best way to stop an evil person with a gun is a good person with a gun” is straight from the mouth of Wayne LaPierre who after the Sandy Hook Massacre quoted,  “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Pittman didn’t even give LaPierre credit for the use of a “zero-sum” fallacy. Besides, most teachers in this state who have been polled think that having a “good guy” with a gun is another way of endangering more people.

Let it not be lost that Pittman is an ordained Presbyterian minister. From the NRA to the pulpit to the General Assembly to the email inbox of many, what Pittman is doing is literally shilling more guns for the gun lobby.

It is hard to not look at Pittman as a “man of God” and not want to tell him that he already has “blood on his hands.”

It seems that many politicians like Pittman who claim to be hardline “pro-lifers” are helping to privatize the very institutions that are giving “life” to many individuals. As a representative, it would seem like Pittman would want to support more actions that would give life to so many.

We are in a state where almost 1 in 4 children live in poverty. What has Pittman as a lawmaker done for that? Created a surplus while cutting taxes for those the highest earners?

Did Pittman preserve life by voting to expand Medicaid to many in the state? No. He let our citizens continue to pay money to the federal government to help finance other states’ Medicaid program.

Did Pittman vote to punish those companies that hurt water supplies for those who have to use that water for living?

Lack of medical care, shelter, food, and basic resources kill people. That’s blood on someone’s hands. The Jesus that I think Pittman refers to would not like that.

I would have a hard time thinking that Jesus would not confront politicians and call them out for their hypocrisy in not defending or helping take care of those who needed aid.

The Jesus I know called out the Sadducees and the Pharisees for their self-righteous ways.

The Jesus I know did not canvas for votes. He came to help all of us no matter race, gender, or physical ailment.

The Jesus I know preached and practiced the Golden Rule through his actions and not his emails.

That’s not what Pittman is doing.

Far from it.

I Will Never Carry a Gun in School But Will “Ready” Myself With Voter Registration

I will never carry a gun in school as a teacher. If I am asked to do so, I will refuse. If I am required to do so, I will not be teaching any longer.

That does not mean I would not in any way shape or form try and defend a student from harm.

But I will not carry a gun. I did not get into teaching to be a law-enforcement official. In fact, I became a teacher to “arm” students with something much stronger than a gun: critical thinking skills.

Is it not interesting that one of the architects of the budget process that has slashed the budget for the Department of Public Instruction as well as funneled more money into charter schools and vouchers might consider having teachers carry weapons in public schools?

No, it is not. I would not expect anything more from Rep. Tim Moore (pun intended).

A report that Rep. Tim Moore of North Carolina is putting together a committee to possibly consider arming teachers in NC’s public high school’s is startling yet not surprising.

From T. Keung Hui:

A new state legislative committee will consider arming North Carolina teachers in the aftermath of last week’s mass school shooting in Florida.

House Speaker Tim Moore announced Tuesday that he’s forming a new school safety committee that will be charged with developing recommendations for how to improve safety in the state’s schools. During a press conference Tuesday in Shelby, Moore said the committee will look at a myriad of issues, with arming teachers as a possibility after getting feedback from school districts and law enforcement (http://amp.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article201179899.html?__twitter_impression=true).

Just this week a key K-12 task force assembled by Gov. Roy Cooper was presented with a report from Education Resource Strategies. As reported by Billy Ball from NC Policy Watch:

Karen Hawley Miles is president and executive director of Massachusetts-based Education Resource Strategies, a national nonprofit that advises states on school finances.

Miles’ report, which analyzed both state and national public school spending trends, pointed to numerous shortfalls in the state’s school finance structure, including that North Carolina has the fifth lowest average teacher salary in the nation when adjusted for cost-of-living, and that the state’s teachers earn only about 67 percent of the pay given to “similarly-educated, non-teachers” (http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/02/21/experts-gov-coopers-education-commission-nc-school-funding-near-nations-lowest/)

That very finance structure has been championed by the likes of Tim Moore.

The thought of arming teachers with firearms is rather interesting when the very people who are calling for having teachers equipped with firearms don’t even arm the public schools with enough resources to adequately function.

Consider that:

  • I have to fork over my own money to buy supplies.
  • We have not had new textbooks in over ten years.
  • We have a lower per-pupil expenditure in this state than we did years ago.
  • We have school buildings that are literally falling apart.
  • My high school has five counselors for over 2400 students.
  • There is one part-time social worker.
  • There is one school psychologist assigned to multiple schools at one time.
  • A school nurse is on campus only one day a week.

Add to that rising numbers of students per class, more classes to teach, more administrative duties, more paperwork, more tests, more value-added measurements, and more evaluations.

All of those things have happened with Tim Moore as the Speaker of the NC House chamber.

And now there is talk of having teachers be armed as law-enforcement.

In this state, there are teachers and administrators who do not feel they have enough support from “higher-up” to even enforce the discipline plans already in place. There certainly is not an incredible amount of faith in the current GOP-led NC General Assembly to empower teachers.

As a country we require people to have a license to drive a car, we regulate alcohol, and we determine who can operate businesses at certain places. We cannot even put an addition on a house that we outright own unless it passes several stages of permits.

But at 18-years of age, one becomes old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes and an AR-15. That’s three years before one can buy a beer legally.

Lawmakers set these guidelines. Interesting that some think I should carry a gun to protect students from shooters like Rep. Larry Pittman.

The massacre at Douglas High Schools in Florida really has hit the nerves of many a teacher and student. The fact that the students who survived and experienced the horror of last week’s events are organizing and calling for gun-control measures has set up a national dialogue that we must have.

Funny that many who think these 16, 17, and 18-year-old people are speaking from a point of view that is too impressionable and easy gulled may also think that having a law that allows an 18-year-old to purchase a weapon like an AR-15 is just fine.

They may also forget that when someone turns 18 years old, then he /she can vote.

2018 is a big election year, especially on the local and state levels.

Those students who went to Tallahassee, FL to persuade the state lawmakers to ban AR-15 sales as they exist now did not even get the chance to see a bill make it out of committee. They won’t forget that. And those old enough to vote this year just made sure that they are registered to vote.

There will be a lot of young voters in North Carolina as well.

And they will not mind being heard. In fact, they will make sure they are heard.

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