Conservative radio host Glenn Beck and David Barton discussed gun control (or lack thereof) on Tuesday. Warning: The following section of their show is akin to being sucked into a wingnut wormhole with no escape. Take a deep breath. The two suggested that armed schoolchildren would prevent further shootings.
Barton said, “The great example, in the 1850s is you have a school teacher who’s teaching. A guy… he’s out in the West…this guy from New England wants to kill him and find him. So he comes into the school with his gun to shoot the teacher, he decides not to shoot the teacher because all the kids pull their guns out and point it at him and say, ‘You kill the teacher, you die.’ He says, ‘Okay.’ The teacher lives. It’s Real simple stuff.”
So, first Republicans discuss arming teachers. Now the elementary school kids should protect the teachers by threatening an unhinged gunman’s life. What could go wrong?