One of the main proponents behind the initiative of getting guns in our schools is Mr Louie Gohmert, the Republican U.S. Representative from Texas’s First Congressional District. Mr. Gohmert believes that the answer to gun violence is more guns, as this would be one of those Steven Seagal movies.
The Representative expressed in an interview on Fox News that if the Sandy Hook principal “had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out and she didn’t have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.” His anger towards the tragic incident is understandable and shared by many and the what if scenarios are played on everyones mind as well, but we can not think for a second that more guns is the solution to this problem.
The Texas lawmaker believes that educators should be able to carry guns but this idea is quite ludicrous if we consider that even the people whose job is to serve and protect, the ones that went through gun training and are supposed to be the experts can’t (in some cases) distinguish the good guys from the bad guys or real guns from toys.
The only thing that we can agree on that came form Gohmert’s interview is the premise that it is time for an open minded conversation about guns. This conversation most definitely should be open minded but I think that being open minded doesn’t necessarily means that we should have Steven Seagal training posses to “protect” our schools, open minded should be taken in the sense that we need to find solutions to this problem leaving behind any bias . It is true that the Texas Representative didn’t explicitly said that Mr. Seagal should train a bunch of gun enthusiast but the point is that lawmakers should be the ones that come with reasonable and realistic ideas and create laws based on those ideas in order to have a functioning society.
Bottomline, we have to emphasize that guns should not be handle by educators because their mission is not to kill people. Their mission is to teach our kids, between many other things, to use or words to solve conflicts instead of using violence. Teachers and school principals are the ones responsible of our children’s education so our society can have a better future were gun violence exists only on screen and not in our classrooms.
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The mentality more is better doesn’t always compute when dealing with gun violence prevention in schools, and their surrounding communities for that matter. The subjective notion that having more armed profesionals outside or inside your child’s “sanctuary”of education isn’t necessarily the most logical. The reason being, schools that have the least amount of shootings also have the least amount of gun owners. Example, the state of Massachusetts has the lowest school shooting counts nationwide, in conjunction to having a trained officer present and having one of the strongest gun control policies nationwide. According to the CDC, “Massachusetts is the state with the fewest gun deaths per capita, with 233 deaths for the more than 6 million Bay State residents in 2012 — the most recent data available. Only 12.8 percent of households reported owning guns.”
Massachusetts schools elect one officer per school that is armed, given the situation the elected officer does have the authorization to defend the property and constituents. In my opinion, states need to focus primarily on tightening up gun control laws, similar to Massachusetts to help mitigate possible gun violence situations. In 1998 the state passed a state law banning semiautomatic assault weapons, which created more strict licensing rules. This led to less and less gun owners over time, resulting in a safer community for school personnel. Arming teachers may prove effective in holding off a violator, but not having them armed at all may also assist in dismissing any type of pre-existing assault with a student that wants to challenge the authority with his/her own weapon. States with the largest amount of gun owners also have the weakest gun laws; Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana. Coincidently speaking, these failing states are among the highest in gun violence. In conclusion less guns carried in schools have the potential to result in less school shooting.
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