Several things hit me here. First, it pains me to agree with a Union, but I agree: It's a good thing that the debate is being had, and that lawmakers are discussing it seriously. Nothing is gained by NOT having the debate. Sticking our collective fingers in our ears and shouting "LA LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU LA LA LA LA" isn't how adults should behave.
However, I don't like this bit:
A bill approved by a House committee on Tuesday would make Indiana the first state in the country to require at least one employee in every public or charter school to carry a loaded gun.
It's not that I object to armed citizens (duh) or think that a teacher packing heat is going to make kids less safe. Nope, none of those.
It's that I object to the idea of forcing someone to carry a gun.
See, here's the thing: My idea of government is that its essential function is to ensure that I am allowed to live my life as I see fit, so long as I don't infringe on another's right to do the same. If you want to smoke cigarettes, I think that's your business. If Joe Public down the street wants to eat greasy food every meal, that's his business. If Jane Smith in East Podunk wants to pray to Cthulu, she should be able to do so.
It is NOT my place to tell you, Joe, or Jane how to live, what to eat, who to worship, etc. Nor is it my place to tell you that you MUST own a gun.
Do I support your right to own a gun and carry it for defense of self, kith, and kin? Well, yeah, duh. Have we met? Beyond that, however, and more importantly, is that I support your right to CHOOSE to carry a firearm. Or to NOT carry a firearm.
I support your right to make your own damn decisions.
Gun owners and advocates would do well to object to this bill in the Indiana legislature. If we support a law that FORCES someone to carry a firearm, even against their wishes, then we have no choice but agree to any other law that forces people to do something else... like only eat organic vegetables, or only drink skim milk, or only drink 3.2 beer, or whatever other limitation is imposed on our person in the name of "What's best for you".
If we, as many of us like to say, cherish our freedoms and liberties, then we must support freedoms and liberties for ALL people, no matter if their choice is the polar opposite of our own.
Otherwise, we're no better than the hypocritical politicians who call for gun bans while being guarded by armed people.
I like to think we're better than they are.