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In the debate over whether to arm schoolteachers with firearms, one simple question isn’t being asked often enough. How do teachers feel about it? According to one pedagogue who witnessed the Parkland horror first-hand, faculty members would rather be part of a real solution than add more gunfire to a growing epidemic.

Faced with the “let’s arm teachers” slogan during a CNN debate, Douglas High instructor Sarah Lerner tells NRA-fanatic Sheriff Richard Jones of Butler County just where to stick his weapons. “How is (a locked-up firearm) going to help keep me safe? (A school shooter) is going to shoot me before I can access my gun,” she points out.

Then it gets testy. Arguing through grief and frustration, Lerner traps the Sheriff with plain logic and forces Jones to admit his proposed “solution” amounts to absolutely nothing.

Nice mustache. Nice hat. Terrible idea. Two out of three ain’t good.

Proud Boys demonstrator

Photo by chaddavis.photography/ CC BY-SA 2.0

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

It's become apparent that, even as Donald Trump tries to deny reality and continue claiming he won the election, the hate group that he ordered, on national television, to "stand back and stand by" now considers (per leadership's statements that "standby order has been rescinded," as well as other threatening statements on social media) those orders null and void: The Proud Boys are now playing the role of Trump's goon-squad defenders in the streets—and appear unlikely to stop anytime soon.

Following the initial burst of Proud Boy violence in Washington, D.C., during and after the "Million MAGA March" of November 14, the familiar black-and-yellow polos, red MAGA hats and thug tactics have been showing up on the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; and Staten Island, New York. At each event, brawls broke out amid overheated rhetoric, much of it in Trump's defense.

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