Local Teacher Refuses to Pack a Gun

Holstering my gun and putting extra ammo in my backpack, I grabbed my students’ homework, a couple of textbooks, and my computer. I was off for another day at school.

Really! Do we really want to see our teachers packing guns? I don’t. How do we teach civility when teachers carry guns? How could the civics teacher raise his head? Addressing the Connecticut state legislature, governor Dannel Malloy said that more guns in school is not the answer. “Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom That is not who we are in Connecticut, and it is not who we will allow ourselves to become.”

“And it is not who we will allow ourselves to become.” I love that line. We have a choice: we can choose be afraid and amass weapons, or we can take a deep breath.  I have no intention of arming myself. Like Governor Malloy, I will not allow myself to live in fear.

In the January 12 New York Times, reporter Michael Cooper wrote of gun control in an article titled “Sale of Guns Rises in US.” A couple of statistics caught my attention. A gun shop owner in Iowa said that the price of a 30-round magazine had increased five times its price listed only months ago. Last month, 2.2 million background checks were in line for processing. That number is a 58.6 percent increase over the same month in 2011.

Accompanying the article was a photo of a gun shop in Casper Wyoming. Only a couple of guns were left on a wall that typically displayed 25 military-style weapons. You can read Cooper’s article in its entirety at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/us/as-us-weighs-new-rules-sales-of-guns-and-ammunition-surge.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130112&_r=0

Closer to home, I’m looking at what local readers call The Shopper. More formally, The Thrifty Nickel is called American Classifieds. I’m looking at the shopper for Greater Pueblo Colorado, dated January 10, 2013. It a free, fire-starter-paper advertising sofas, tack repair, cars, cemetery plots, radial arm saws, fancy peafowl and bed bug extermination.

Under the heading of Sporting Goods, you’ll find guns. Briefly, just a few. You can buy your gun at a gun show or you can buy from individuals. Gun shows on-offer include “Pueblo’s Home Town Gun Show, February 16 and 17th, table space $30. 719-544-8204. Or, if you are busy that weekend, you can catch the Sertoma Gun, Knife and Coin Show, Saturday, January 12th where they promise you’ll “get more bang for your buck!”

If neither of these dates work, you can find guns at Curran Firearms, 2648 Santa Fe Drive, Suite #7. One individual has a .257 Weatherby Magnum Mauser action with 3×9 Redfield scope and shells for only $800. Another person has a Hakim, 8MM Mauser, semi-automatic rifle plus 300 rounds of ammunition, very nice condition $700.

If you are interested in carrying a concealed weapon, you have choices. You can either attend a weekly class and pay $60. for Citizen Self Protection Training. 719-242-6214, or a second choice would to attend a class on January 23. The ad promises “certified instructors.” 719-250-0309. http://www.coloradohandgunsafety.com.

I don’t know about you, but reading these ads does not make me feel safer.

bugs bunny gun

Even Bugs Bunny fails to amuse me.


Writers’ Prompt:

  • Where do you stand on gun control?
  • If you were a member of Congress, what solutions would you promote?
  • Write a short piece in which a gun plays a part.

About timeout2

I have lived 100 lives. I write essays, short stories, poetry, grocery lists and notes to myself. If I am ever lost, look for a paper trail, but be careful not to trip over any books that lie scattered here and there. I am a reader. I am a reader in awe of writers. When I don't live in Westcliffe, Colorado, I live in London where I am a long-time member of Word-for-Word - Crouch End.
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4 Responses to Local Teacher Refuses to Pack a Gun

  1. Richard Pohanish says:

    Hi Doris, Also a good article in today’s NYT.* In Arizona, an 80-somethin old lady can carry a concealed handgun…no need for any training or license. This change came under our current ditsy, ding-dong, gun-loving governor, Jan Brewer. One has to be careful who one bumps into at the food market or Walmart. *In another article about flood cars from Sandy, Colorado specifically ,emtioned as one of the states that allows auto titles to be “washed” of “Flood Damage.” Tell all of your frieds to be careful buying that nice, shiny used car or truck. Dick

    • timeout2 says:

      Driving Down-Below from Wetmore to Pueblo, I pass a concealed handgun training building – I think that I need to take the class, not because I will ever carry a concealed gun, but because I want to see for myself – the tone of the instructor, the other participants, and the nature of the course. Watch for the blog.

  2. Jennie says:

    thanks for another well written breath of sense & insight into the astongishing mad world of the united states… love reading your snippets

    • timeout2 says:

      Dear Jennie, Thank you for writing. Do I know you? I gather that you do not live in the United States. It is gratifying that as a people we are interested in other cultures and look for information aside from the news media. Prior to joining my husband who was working in London in 2002, I asked the editor for whom I worked here in the States, if I could continue to write my column and email it to the paper. He wasn’t keen. His comment was that The Wet Mountain Tribune was a small, local paper and no one was interested in life on the far side of the Atlantic. I countered with suggesting that I email my columns for a couple of weeks and depending on feedback from readers, I would continue to mail my columns or if readers complained, I would go away quietly. The editor caved in. I wrote my columns from London for a total of eight years. Readers loved reading my impressions of life in the U.K. and in Europe. It is all about coloring inside the black and white lines.

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