Kasey Hansen is a twenty six year old teacher who works with elementary, middle, and high school students with hearing impairments in the Granite School District. Hansen also brings someone, or should I say something called Lucy. Now Lucy is Hansen’s pink handgun that she carries with her everyday, to the fourteen schools she works with. She got her concealed-carry permit after the Shady Hook shooting. The shooting upset her too the point that she decided that she needed to “protect” her students from anything like the Shady Hook shooting. Hansen advocates that every teacher should carry a gun to the their class room.
How is this possible? In twenty eight states it is legal for adults to bring a legally owned firearm to a schools hallways. It is also legal for the school not to tell anybody about who has a gun in the school. If one were to ask about that kind of information most schools will not comment.
Should teachers be allowed to carry concealed firearms to classes? If you were to ask Hansen she would say, “of course!” Me on the other hand I would disagree with her. I have personal experience with firearms from growing up with guns and teaching other people how to properly shoot a gun, and I have to say that some people can not handle a firearm safely. Shooting a gun is not as easy as it seems in the movies. A firearm, a handgun especially, are difficult to aim accurately even when not your not under any stress. The kickback from some guns is enough to make someone lose their balance and it takes practice not to flinch at a gunshot. The gunshot itself is deafening without proper ear protection. All of these factors can make one emotionally distressed which is the last thing you want to be while handling a firearm. If a teacher can’t handle that kind of stress, he or she should not have a gun. The teacher in mind would must also be emotionally and mentally stable at all times, especially when working with kids that could provoke a teacher to be on their bad side. If teachers did not carry guns a certain incident could have been avoided. The dean, Shaun Harrison, of a Boston High School shot a teenager (name has not been released) in the head. The dean was running a marijuana distribution ring and the teenager had been hired by him. This shows even teachers and other factuality can be just dangerous with a gun like a criminal.
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
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.