Overall Evaluation of Argument: Teacher Possessing Guns

Throughout the entire process of this controversial blog topic, I personally never strayed away from the original stance “to not support teacher with guns.” From the perspective of a for guns side, I can see how arming a teacher in a class threatened by a armed assailant would be valid for protection, but at the same time what if that teacher wasn’t properly trained. An innocent child could be threatened or even worse killed under pressure.

Examining past blogs written by my fellow comrades, illustrated are the cons outweighing the pros in arming a teachers. We’ve stated from the beginning that arming teachers shouldn’t have to be an option for communities to argue about, thats what authorized personal is for, protecting the community and its inner inhabitants.  Whether you’re for or against its upsetting that we even need to quarrel over such a topic. Congress seem to be more interested in brining guns into schools than books and supplies. What this topic allowed for my group members and I was a side which we could build a strong rhetorical argument on.

2nd amendment With the use of WordPress to publicize our blogs; affirmative, refutable, and miscellanies, we were able to support the side and gain an audience overtime on Twitter. Our Twitter has over 40 followers that are active, demanding of content, and willing to offer advice on what to post. We’ve been able to foster a relationship with like minded individuals across the web that relate to our side of the stance. We  strongly feel we’ve made the best effort to provide attentional content in support of not arming teachers with guns. We hope to inspire others to write about the topic and increase attention enough to dismay any notions to further implement guns in schools. We greatly enjoyed this blog project and have learned how to stand by a claim.

Affirmative Argument #4 Win! For Us Opposed to Arming Teachers

Yes! Finally we, the group opposed to arming teachers with guns win justification for siding to not arm teachers for once. The argument I want to clearly state and backup is that when you allow a teacher to carry a gun, they make mistakes and can threaten the lives of innocent children.  So therefore guns need not to be carried by teachers. In the article In Utah, Teachers Can Carry Guns Into School and Not Tell Anyone, written by Zoe Schlanger the premise is about how persons in Utah that have a concealed-carry permit are allowed to carry a firearm in school without approval by school authority.

Now, one might ask themselves: What happens if this concealed gun goes off unannounced? Well, there was a case in which that occurred. “An elementary school teacher with a concealed-carry permit accidentally shot herself in the leg in the Utah school’s bathroom Thursday morning,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported. The most asinine thing about this policy is that “parents, by law, are not allowed to ask their child’s teacher if he or she is carrying a gun in the classroom.” (Schlanger, 2014). This is a terrifying game of Russian roulette as I see it, because you may have a mentally unstable teacher with the capabilities to just off a student. While the entire community and its constituents are completely anonymous that said teacher is indeed  packing heat. This policy is risky and needs to be changed, at least in telling someone your armed. “82 percent of respondents thought parents should have the right to know if their child’s teacher is packing heat.” (Schlannger, 2014). If I were a parent in Utah I’d move knowing that I had no idea if the teacher that just bought a gun without training is sitting 5 feet from him/her. In closing I feel my argument to not arm teachers with guns is more justifiable given the example I provided

Affirmative Argument #3: One Critical Reason Why Guns in Schools Are Bad For Kids

1. Kids will eventually find anything 

Speaking from first hand experience and many can relate, when I was a young child my curiosity peaked when my mother and father would hide emblems; presents, toys, games, etc. Every child has this internal curiosity meter that makes them want to find what is hidden or out of reach. So, imagine if a group of ten year olds find out that a gun is present in their classroom: How long until it inevitably finds its way into their small anxious hands? In a research journal prepared by the Pediatrics in 2001, twenty nine groups of ten year olds were sat down in a room with partially hidden fake toy handguns and a real handgun. According to the results of the study Ken Corbett reports “Forty-eight out the sixty-four boys found the handgun. Thirty boys handled the gun. Sixteen boys pulled the trigger. Approximately half of the boys who found the gun thought it was a toy, or were unsure if it was real.” (Corbett 1). Are you shocked? Because I’m not, their young boys who are influenced by popular violent media. Collectively, these children think guns are cool and have no idea of the consequences of handguns. When todays children get their hands on a gun, most likely they understand how it operates. This possibility can be dismissed if guns are absent entirely from the reach of children. Popular toy manufacturers dont help either in separating the physical distinction of real vs fake handguns. With toy handguns looking seemingly real, a child in reach of a handgun in a school environment may just think its a toy like the one he/she already has at home. He/she may not even noticed the additional weight of the real handgun and begin to operate it like the toy he/she has. Guns should never be available to teachers, this is why we continue to stress official personnel; police and security to be authorized on school campus to patrol.

Affirmative Argument #2

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.

Affirmative Argument #1: An Armed Teacher Calls for a Safer Classroom

There are many reasons why some may think arming a teacher in a school setting will provide more protection toward themselves and their students. The fact of the matter is that if a teacher were to be armed, would they know how to shoot a weapon in a critical situation? Last time I checked, I never heard of teachers practicing firearm techniques. The experience, accuracy,  and psychology of shooting a gun at a target takes time to foster. I’m arguing against the fact that arming a teacher is safer. Lets understand the increased dangers this present to the students and teachers. Firstly, what if the teacher lost the key to the guns vault in a situation, or if a curious and determined student got a hold of it. Then we’d possibly have a child thinking the gun is a toy and an unintentional disaster can present itself. Second, what if the teacher has no prior shooting experience? Then you have the opportunity for said teacher to hurt themselves or a student in the defending process against an armed intruder. Guns aren’t easy to shoot at targets, especially when your caught off guard in a situation your not prepared to face, which most teachers are subjected to in these crisis situations. The policy of allowing teachers the permission to hold guns in a school setting in my opinion is unnecessary. We have police and security personable that are trained for situations like a school shooting. Its very easy to say, oh having a gun in the class is safer, but are you as a teacher prepared enough, skilled enough to operate a weapon in a situation quickly and appropriately to mitigate a disaster? Guns need to stay at home or on trained personnel in my opinion, not with educators.

Intro to Group 2 Blog

As of this time, group 2 is arguing against the use of firearms in schools by teachers and professors. One primary reason is that police are designated to protect in serve, not teachers and professors. As academic leaders of society, educations shouldn’t have to worry about defending themselves in crisis situations. The allowance for teachers and professors to have access and use of firearms at anytime is seemingly unnerving. Having more guns in the school also allows students the higher chance of handling the weapon if misplaced or not lucked up appropriately. This is group 2’s current stance on the issue of gun control in relevance to teacher and professor possession.

Brian A. Vargas

Hello, my name is Brian Vargas and I was born at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring MD. I’ve lived in Germantown MD, my whole life. I attended Seneca Valley High School and Montgomery College before transferring to The Universities at Shady Grove for Communications.

At USG I have many jobs and interests. I work at the Career & Internship Services Center as a Peer Mentor. At the CISC I also manage their Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. I hold an internship with DelfinoCo as the Business Network Coordinator, where I assist small businesses with marketing and business consulting. I’m the president of the newly launched Sustainable Development Club, where our mission is to help the communities around Montgomery County in fostering and developing sustainable skills in areas such as business, health, and culture. I’m an outdoorsy type, I try to ski in the winter and hike in the summer.

The reason why I care to take on the gun control issue of being against teachers possessing guns is because they shouldn’t be the ones handling the weapons, thats what trained officers are for. Schools need to have designated police officers at all times of academia activity.