A story has been circulating around the internet about Arkansas State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R) (above, left with fellow Republican State Senator Kim Hammer) shooting a teacher back in January. It's almost reached the level of urban legend. How true is it?
I won't keep you hanging. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette covers the story in it's article: GOPer Calling For Armed Teachers Shoots Teacher.
A few weeks after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut, when talk of arming school personnel was at its height fueled by the National Rifle Association, Hutchinson was approached by Benton Akansas police chief, Kirk Lane.
They decided that there would be a demonstration to show how effective this desired arming of teachers would be. It was meant to reassure the doubters that the NRA was right. The only way to take down a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
“The first two simulations they were just all bad guys, and so we got used to running in, you’d go to the sound of the gunfire,” Hutchinson said. “And then they threw a twist in on the third one, where there was what appeared to be a bad guy in the hallway, shooting into the classroom. And so, just instinctively, I shot. And then I turned the corner and saw that the bad guy that I had just shot was actually shooting with another bad guy, which kind of blew my mind for a second.”
Afterwards, the police informed Hutchinson that he had shot a “teacher.”
With his eyes now opened wide and seeing the insanity of this proposal clear as day, Hutchinson tried to get this demonstration repeated at other schools, to show them the dangers or arming teachers. Sadly the NRA got involved and too many obstacles suddennly got in the way. So this has all been tamped down successfully... at least for now.
Wake up, people. Arming everyone is an invitation for more gun deaths. Don't we have enough already? Stop the madness.