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After the suspect shot one student and missed another, "the teacher at that point was trying to get the students out of the classroom and engaged the shooter – who had numerous rounds of shotgun shells … in his pockets – engaged the suspect in conversation," Kern County Sheriff Don Youngblood said.

“A campus supervisor showed up, was outside the classroom, and together they engaged in conversation with this young man, and at one point he put the shotgun down, and police officers were able to take him into custody,” Youngblood said.

In the midst of awe over the heroism on display in this scary incident in California, Alex Jones and his cabal are sure to point out that it was really Mossad agents what did that shotgun thing and that it didn't happen anyway and was just set up to prove the points gun control advocates are making. Not only did an unarmed teacher talk down a shooter at Taft, but I'm guessing that the fact that the kid had a shotgun instead of a 30 round magazine saved several lives. Also, Megan McArdle will foam at the mouth to know that a bunch of lives were saved by a cowardly teacher shuttling students out of a classroom and talking peacefully rather than encouraging several of his kids to get killed charging the shooter.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for those who were injured, and here's to an unnamed courageous teacher, teaching us all with his own body about how much teachers really do care about their students, despite the right wing's constant drumbeat that they're all unionized deadbeats collecting paychecks.

4:37 PM PT: Thanks for all the recs, everyone! First time on the list...reading the comments, something occurs to me...Just imagine for a moment that we decide 100,000 schools need armed guards. Who are those guards going to be? Where do they come from? In any population, there is a certain percentage of dangerous people. We'd be handing guns to that percentage and putting them in schools. How could we be sure kids wouldn't be shot for pulling out their wallets too fast? How trained could those guards be considering the budget constraints on our actual police forces? Would we even want trained policemen wielding guns in every school, considering the bad histories in many communities?

Originally posted to BornAgainDem on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:02 PM PST.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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