Antoinette Tuff


English: Decatur, GA Courthouse

English: Decatur, GA Courthouse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You didn’t think anyone could write anymore about Antoinette Tuff.  I wasn’t going to, but will now.

I have good memories of Decatur, Georgia and my attending the Moonlight and Magnolia Writers conference in 2011.  I was saddened by what happened no matter what, my what happened in Decatur made it personal.

After what happened in Newtown, Connecticut, The National Rifle Association lobbied for guards in every school and teachers with firearm training.

That’s fine, but how will follow up training be enforced?  Can a teacher make the argument, “If I wanted to be a cop, I would be a cop?”

We would need all sorts of extra regulation to make it work.

I could not do what Antoinette Tuff did.  I know I couldn’t.  I know in my case, it probably would’ve become physical and I would’ve died.

None of these cases are an all or none.  I don’t even want to think of how long the odds of Antoinette Tuff coming out alive were.  We know brave teachers like Victoria Soto in Newtown, Connecticut did not survive protecting the kids and some kids didn’t survive.

It’s no use arguing with a crazy person.  Maybe there is a career for Antoinette in negotiating.  She wasn’t trained to do it, she was just being herself.

As Americans, we like the hero(ine) who comes out of nowhere.  A bookkeeper, who suddenly had to become the keeper of the school.  The one human body between a disturbed man and another school massacre.

Australia and the U.K. have successfully controlled assault weapons getting in the wrong hands.  If this didn’t happen, we wouldn’t have gotten to know Antoinette, but I will bet if you asked her what she thinks about the publicity, she would probably tell you, she could live a long and happy life without it.

Again, what happened in Newtown and Decatur are on a case by case basis.  It depends on both gunman and people on the wrong end of the guns.  That school was lucky Antoinette Tuff was the person on the wrong end.

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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2 Responses to Antoinette Tuff

  1. Hey you should post her picture !!! The hero deserves to be recognized.

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