Following any school shooting in America the same sorts of debates emerge over gun control, mental health, and armed teachers. If there’s any truth to the cliché that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, armed teachers are something worth looking into.
On Wednesday a faction of the Taliban carried out a shooting at Bacha Khan University in Pakistan, killing 21.
Well, there are even scarier foes than your ordinary school shooter – the Taliban. Luckily for some students, one teacher at the university was armed.
As the Daily Caller reports:
Professor Syed Hamid Hussein is being hailed as a hero for defending his students from the Taliban with his pistol before being shot and killed.Upon hearing gunfire outside, witnesses say Hussein sprang into action and instructed his students to stay inside the classroom. He then opened fire on the Taliban attackers, buying time for those outside to flee. “We saw three terrorists shouting, ‘Allah is great!’ and rushing towards the stairs of our department,” said one witness.
“[Hussein] was holding a pistol in his hand,” he explained. “Then I saw a bullet hit him. I saw two militants were firing. I ran inside and then managed to flee by jumping over the back wall.”
“They fired directly at the professor,” said Muhammad Daud to AFP, noting how Hussein drew fire away from the students. “[He was] a real gentleman and a respectable teacher.”
Pakistani security forces eventually killed the four attackers, with the Taliban taking credit for the assault thereafter.
Because one teachers was armed, many students were able to flee that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. This of course isn’t a perfect analogy to most school shootings because this involved 8 to 10 shooters, but if your choice was to be armed or unarmed during a massacre, who in their right mind would chose to be unarmed?
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]