While the survivors of the Parkland massacre are continuing their quest for gun control and enduring death threats, armed teachers are already providing them with all the evidence they need to keep going.
A chemistry teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida who has been pretty vocal about willing to arm himself to prevent another shooting recently left a loaded firearm in a public bathroom. Crazy how that happens right?
The teacher, Sean Simpson, left his loaded Glock 9mm in a bathroom in Deerfield Beach Pier’s bathroom where a drunk homeless man got it and fired a shot off before Simpson managed to get it back. Luckily, the bullet struck a wall and not a human being. The homeless man was arrested and charged with firing a weapon while intoxicated and trespassing and Simpson was arrested and charged with unsafely storing a firearm.
Simpson has been a vocal proponent of arming teachers in the past and hopefully this little almost deadly brain fart will convince of why that’s really not a good idea.
Twitter pounced on the gun fail with a giant collective “we told you so”:
This is EXACTLY the type of shit we said would happen if teachers were armed. It took no time at all https://t.co/CU1PSgz7OR
— Maxwell Gough (@MaxwellGough) April 12, 2018
— Pat Wilson (@bajanpatrick) April 12, 2018
arm teachers so they can arm students https://t.co/oOxjLHf99y
— hannibal burgess meredith (@pizzaUNOFFICIAL) April 12, 2018
“A student wouldn’t get a teacher’s gun idiot, they wouldn’t leave it laying around” – Droolers in my comments section. Whoops. https://t.co/yN8uF5kQ10
— Buckley (@ADoseofBuckley) April 12, 2018
Leaving guns in bathrooms is one of many reasons why turning educators into armed security is a bad idea. People actually leave guns in bathrooms all the time. If you think about it, this kind of makes sense—public bathrooms don’t offer a lot of options for safely storing your sidearm while you use the facilities.
Here are just a few stories of guns being left in bathrooms:
— David Waldman, LLC (@KagroX) June 10, 2016
— David Waldman, LLC (@KagroX) March 29, 2016
— Bill Harnsberger (@BillinPortland) March 29, 2016
Someone has got to develop a bathroom procedure for gun carriers. https://t.co/GCW09jrqlF
— David Waldman, LLC (@KagroX) December 24, 2015
Florida passed a law in the wake of the Parkland massacre that allows teachers to undergo firearm training allowing them to carry weapons at school, but even highly trained law enforcement officials have made an “oops” and left guns in bathrooms or worse:
More armed guards! 11/
School resource officer’s gun goes off in Poughkeepsie-area high schoolhttps://t.co/SfQLUPc6nA
— David Waldman, LLC (@KagroX) February 21, 2018
Anti-gun control groups like the NRA love to talk about how responsible and safe firearm owners are, but anyone with any experience with human beings will tell you that we all make mistakes (duh). When that mistake involves treating a weapon carelessly, it can have deadly consequences.