This cartoon demonstrates the extreme effects of teachers carrying weapons. As you can see, the children are learning the alphabet based on gun related words; such as A is for Assault Riffle, B is for Bullets.
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.
This article discusses the teachers in Utah that are allowed to carry guns into school and the law enforcement that trains them.
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.
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.