I agree that, in a perfect world, schools SHOULD be "gun free zones", and should be places of peaceful learning. But unfortunately for the anti-gun types, we live in a different world. A world where monsters are rare, but they still exist. A world where sticking your head in the sand and hoping that the bad guy can't see you just won't cut it.
Guns have always been allowed in TN schools. Current law allows military personnel, police officers, private security guards, and even STUDENTS who are participating in school-sponsored shooting clubs to possess firearms on school property. Also, parents are allowed to possess firearms in their vehicles while on school property, so the next time you're in the car line you may actually be surrounded by weapons (see TN law 39-17-1309 (c) and (e)).
Unless I miss read the final version of the law (to go into effect on July 1), the author of this opinion piece left off one critical requirement for arming a school employee: the employee must be a current or former police officer. So pretty much everything Mr. Pickel said can be completely ignored because he obviously hasn't read the law and doesn't know what it does. By law, the armed teacher would have the training he so values.
As for klifnotes' "perfect storm" fantasy world where "everyone and anyone" is armed and ready to pump lead into any kid who steps out of line... I'm actually shocked that they found a single staff member in a single school in a single school district that met all the criteria. In addition to the requirement that the employee must be a current or former police officer, the only way this can happen is if everyone and their insurance agent and lawyer agree to it.
So the fantasy that all schools are currently devoid of weapons and this law will suddenly unleash a flood of weapons (Carry guns like cell phones? Are you serious???) in every classroom is just that - a complete fantasy.
Finally, anyone who makes the half-baked argument that "teachers shouldn't be expected to guard their children" obviously don't know the same teaches I know. Teachers at Sandy Hook valiantly sacrificed their lives trying to shield their charges with their own bodies; most of the elementary teachers I know would do the same.
Personally, speaking as a parent with children in Hamilton county schools, I'd much rather arm a competent, trained administrator or teacher than have a bored SRO wandering the halls. I salute the administrators in Bradly county for bucking the national trend toward the "stick-your-head-in-the-sand" method of school security.
I don't know the situation, but I'd bet the gun is a car weapon (as opposed to a carry weapon) and is always stuck between the seat and console. If it wasn't it in a holster fitted for concealed carry then he probably didn't have it on him while actually drinking, so he did comply with his own law. Legally, he did have possession of a loaded gun while drunk and should be punished for it, but depending on how impaired he was he might not have even remembered it was there. Media attention on the presence of a handgun is a red herring. The fact that he chose to DRIVE a 2-ton "weapon" while intoxicated is a different story, however, and if convicted of DUI this "leader" should be stripped of all responsibility and thrown under the jail. Leaders should be held to a higher standard.
Many people (including myself) don't have land lines; only cell phones. If the robber took her cell phone she had no phone of any kind. And assuming either her neighbors weren't home or she was scared and not thinking clearly enough to go to them, probably the quickest way to contact authorities was to use her computer to get her Facebook friends to call the police.