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.
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.
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
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.
Hey guys check this article out. Another example of dangerous consequences of carrying weapons in school.