Arming able faculty and staff with assault grade rifles to serve and protect the students of their school is the only viable solution to gun violence. Teachers cannot protect against the types of weapons that school shooters typically use unless they are equipped with the most lethal of guns. Instead of providing educators with the training and tools to teach against violent behavior, placing an army style weapon, such as an AR-15, in reach of potentially violent children and teenagers is a well-thought out and calculated suggestion. As well, to reinforce that violence and aggression will not be tolerated, children who exhibit such behaviors will have to sit in an isolated seat with a loaded gun pointed at their heads until they apologize for said behavior. The gun would constantly be loaded to show the idea that teachers have all the power in that situation.
Imagine having a normal day at school, then once you're in your last class, a teacher from the room across the hall runs in and yells “Everyone get down there is an active shooter!”. What would you do? Some individuals would say “Its okay because teachers have guns.” But is giving teachers guns the best idea? Will teachers with guns solve anything? There have been many cases of teachers being the ones behind the gun.
Maureen S. Rush was quoted saying, “You don’t want to have a gun that’s available to a student or another worker who may have mental health issues.” (Hartocollis) A standard mental health test is not going to find everything that is wrong or even potentially wrong with a person inside their head. They could have mental health issues that they do not know about but surface randomly one day when they get pushed over the edge. If teachers are given guns, “you put a whole mess load of guns close to kids that can be used accidentally.” (Sen. Chris Murphy, qtd. in Chavez) Even when locked in a safe, guns could still be accessed by students. This could happen because teachers have to
Equipping teachers with guns, who are little more than civilians, is absurd. This would not help prevent the type of deadly mass shooting we 've been seeing lately. All that would do is increase the possibility of innocent people getting caught in the crossfire. Instead of training for how to use guns teachers should be taught self defense and how to use items around them as weapons. It would also help if every teacher learned self defense and not just a
So like they went to a military school or trained to be a security guard. Someone who can be trusted with a gun other than a teacher that has had little to no experience. Also there should be forms or something to notify the parents that there are trained people with arms inside the school for protection. With this said as long as the school can create a safe environment by making the kids feel safe with guns in the school instead of feeling in danger, even with the guns in the school, they should be
Many states’ university professors are frightened about carrying the gun. They do not want to hate being afraid of their student, but the professors say that they do not necessarily change their approach to students, but professors are thinking more about what kind of reactions will be given when they give bad results. In the article, Frank J. Donoghue said “I’m in a classroom with just one exit, and I’m at the front. If anyone would walk in with a gun, there’s no way out. It’s on the second floor, so we can’t even jump out the way they did in Columbine.” Therefore, when guns are present on the campus grounds, the fears cause learners and the entire campus community interfere with their day-to-day activities.
It should be obvious that schools are the safest place for parents to send their children during the day, the sad truth is, it is not. Although most of us are not physically involved, our nation itself is highly affected by these incidents. Every school shootings come with a political debate between gun violence and mental health and arguing which side to blame. Whether it is because of guns, mental health, or the school’s security itself something needs to be done to limit these horrid
Many people from both the Republican and Democratic parties favor the idea of placing a ban on assault weapons and creating a new federal database to monitor gun sales as well as having background checks for private and gun show sales (Struyk, 1). Other possible safety measures include every school having a professional crisis team that can review their existing policies, staff members who question every visitor who comes into the school, constant locked doors, and more frequent safety drills (Gumbrecht, 1). Since the Columbine shooting of 1999, even architectural designs have been implemented to ensure school safety. Schools that have been built since then try to have single, prominent entryways, reduced landscaping which means fewer places for the shooter to hide, restrooms away from entrances, and mechanical and electrical systems away from easy access points (Gumbrecht, 2). Construction companies have been trying to create something to make it so that the accident is contained, whether it be a shooting or an explosion (Gumbrecht, 2).
Almost every school in America is a “no gun zone” which leaves the schools defenseless to school shootings. Donald Trump had the idea of making schools, “a gun zone.” That does leave the argument that “some teachers are not qualified to carry a gun” (Phillips). The schools could have the teachers who wanted to bear the guns register and receive training from the police department. Then tell the community that a certain number of teachers have a gun at the school but do not release any names. If those teachers were out a day, people would not feel the school was less protected.
Lucy Hansen, a special education teacher, states, “I want to protect my students,” Hansen said. “I’m going to stand in front of a bullet for any student that is in my protection and so I want another option to defend us” (“'F' Is for Firearm: More Teachers Authorized to Carry Weapons in Classroom”). Ms. Hansen states the
A simple way to stop school shootings in our district would be by eliminating all the factors that form a school shooter. Most school shooter suffered from bullying or had some sort of mental illness. In order to minimize the chance of a kid becoming a school shooter, we need to increase awareness. By increasing awareness not only will teachers be looking after suspicious behavior but students as well.
Emmaline Hughes Mrs. Toews English 1 4 Oct. 2015 Are guns really the safest option? Are my children safe when I send them off to school? This question is one of the many that parents are asking themselves as the new law in some states is being passed about teachers carrying firearms in their classrooms. There are definitely two sides to the argument of teachers carrying weapons in the school. One side of the argument is yes, teachers should be armed at all times.