One way to define mass hysteria is when a large group of people make a decision about general danger based on one tragic anecdote. If every fatal slip in the bathtub or every fatal car crash received days of attention in the national media, then people would learn whole new ways to be afraid on a daily basis. Would that make them better, safer people? I doubt it.
But when someone shoots a bunch of school children that does make the news, amplified by a national campaign on the part of the media-political complex to erode the Second Amendment. The Sandy Hook massacre pushes the question that is unceasingly repeated: How are we going to make the children safe?
One solution is armed teachers. But there has been pushback. The New York Times reports:
“During legislative sessions this year, seven states enacted laws permitting teachers or administrators to carry guns in schools.