Sometimes you don’t have to be a pessimist to think something bad is going happen.

For example, if our nation’s response to school shootings is to arm teachers, bad things will likely happen.

Despite many pronouncements about more stringent gun laws in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, we’re skeptical about our leaders’ resolve.

The president’s resolve on this matter appears to be about as chaotic as his reaction to most crises.

His most vocal solution — arming gun-adept teachers to shoot it out with bad guys — looks to be the one he’s serious about.

In a number of tweets, including one that a gun-free school is a “magnet for bad people,” President Trump made no secret that he supports such an initiative.

Last week, in full tilt, Trump told a conservative political conference that, “A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he even knew what happened.”

He even suggested offering to pay “a little bit of a bonus” for teachers willing to carry firearms in school.

For a moment, this looked to be the most absurd and irresponsible proposal we heard in the two weeks since the Florida shooting.

But lest we overlook Congress (it returned from its
10-day recess Monday), it broke its silence this week with predictable and just as scary solutions.

The third-ranking GOP leader in the House, who was wounded by a gunman last summer, said, “There's no magic bill that's going to stop the next thing from happening when so many laws are already on the books that weren't being enforced, that were broken.”

Translation: Expect nothing, do nothing, blame someone. If nothing else, lock and load.

Another House GOP leader, the chair of the conservative Freedom Caucus, plans to propose tax credits for volunteers who want to provide security to schools.

We suspect he has retired law enforcement officers in mind, but we are wary of appointing what could very well be armed vigilantes to protect our sons and daughters.

Sadly, these “solutions” are about all we can expect in an election year from lawmakers who are bought and sold by the gun lobby.

But let’s be clear: Increasing the number of weapons in schools is the antithesis of a solution to school shootings. The proliferation of firearms in public venues will not curb gun violence. Indeed, it only triggers it.

More stringent gun laws, including banning assault weapons, is where to start addressing this nightmare.

Additional security at schools should be subject to serious debate, but reality-based discussions, not someone’s dark imagination.

Such as expecting someone with a master’s degree in math to slay a psychopath armed with an AR-15 rifle.