Caitlin McNamara

I’m Caitlin (Cait) McNamara, and I am a senior at UMD College Park, Shady Grove Campus. I am currently a communication major, and am interested in working for Make A Wish, or make life, easier, and as enjoyable as possible for those with cancer. I have strong opinions and beliefs, but I’m still open-minded enough to take the other side of the argument into consideration.

I’ve written a few papers and done several presentations on the awful shootings involving schools and kids/teens over the past 16 years; including the shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. After doing endless hours of research, and watching/listening to the most disturbing videos and images of the aftermath, I became very interested in the uprise of school shootings, and the best way to stop them. Of all the solutions to putting an end to these shootings, I do not believe that giving teachers guns is one of them.

There are several reasons I believe giving teachers guns won’t help, and is a down-right terrible idea. First, children are like stealth operatives and always find a way to get their hands on everything. For example, they always seems to find hidden Christmas, Hanukkah, and birthday presents, no matter how great the hiding place is. If one of the kids got their hands on the gun, there’s no telling how many people would be killed or injured. Second, if I was in elementary school and knew my teacher had a gun in the room, I would be terrified (especially with the teachers I went to school with). Also, unless there’s a multi-day, incredibly intense training program, then some to most of these teachers and classrooms are more dangerous with a gun then without.

I have a friend, named “Farrah,” and she is a 2nd grade teacher in Silver Spring. She’s a very sweet, smart, and patient person, but she lacks common sense. When I first heard about the idea of arming teachers, I immediately thought about Farrah, and worried for the safety of Silver Spring’s youth. Farrah is the prime example why teachers should NOT carry a gun for a couple reasons. First, she has no business being around guns because she doesn’t “understand” gun safety; which is a nice way of saying she would be the first person to point it at someone while trying to get a feel for it, or look down the barrel of a gun (which I’ve actually seen her do). Secondly, if she did need to use it, she would most likely shoot herself in the foot (literally) and even some children; not because of poor aim, but because she would “spaz out,” and just start firing. So anytime I think about arming our teachers, I think of Farrah and others like her, and see how much more harm could be done!

Guns aren't for everyone
Guns aren’t for everyone

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