In the wake of Newtown — and now with No Jobs Bob McDonnell proposing we arm teachers and principals — we need to deal with an NRA lie that is ripping around the ‘net at the speed of light.
And that lie is that Israeli teachers are armed. It’s a lie.
Here’s a link to an article by an Israeli who lays waste to this lie. He also gives details on gun control laws in Israel, where very few people own firearms.
Read the article and be prepared for your rightwingnutjobs friends when they start the “Israeli teachers are armed” nonsense.
There is a picture going around the Internet that I have seen about a dozen times today that claims that Israeli teachers are packing heat. Well, are they? The answer is “NO.” There may be some exceptions in dangerous areas like the West Bank (where five percent of Israelis live), but in general, Israeli teachers are not walking around like it’s the Wild Wild West, strapped with a six shooter. No, our teachers are not focused on shooting, but educating. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t protect young students.