Thoughts on arming faculty/students and 9/11
I can't help but wonder about the impact of 9/11 on such perceptions. I rather suspect that, prior to that date, such logical suggestions would have been treated as idotiocy, extremism, or both (or, more likely, not been written for fear of the author being seen as such, or killed by an editor out of fear his journal would be so viewed). Perhaps on 9/11, we learned to fight back? Or perhaps, as my friend Gale Norton (formerly my boss, and then Sec. of Interior) pointed out, in the Cold War we knew that a gun was no defense against the menace of a nuclear attack, but in 9/11 had to reflect that if one person or pilot on each plane had had a pistol in their pocket, the only deaths would have been those of the terrorists?
Look at the response to Columbine. April 1999: calls for gun laws, denunciations of the NRA.
Response to Va Tech, April 2007: Calls for better reporting of mental adjudications, something like consensus that further gun laws would have not changed anything, calls for allowing faculty or students to be armed in self-defense.
I suppose there are other factors to be considered -- expansion of the internet and erosion of the power of the MSM, etc.. But I still think there is a sea-change in underlying world-views.