Teachers should be armed

The NRA, rejecting the president's idea to raise the legal age for buying guns, but they are backing his plan to arm teachers. Worst possible scenario, I'm an armed teacher.

With firearms already in the schools, it could lead to more mass shootings. Because more than anything, what we strive to protect today is a child's innocence and sense of safety, and guards or teachers with guns shatter that illusion pretty quickly.

Some teachers have started the social media campaign #ArmMeWith, asking to be armed with more funding and school counselors, instead of guns.

In the event of a worst case scenario, an armed intruder on campus, do we really want an undertrained teacher whose brain is in "fight or flight" mode, participating in a "Gunfight at the OK Corral" with scores of students caught in the middle? Also past year, President Trump signed a congressionally approved measure that shot down an Obama-era proposal to prevent persons with certain mental illnesses from purchasing guns.

In the wake of this tragedy felt across the nation, President Trump spoke with Parkland survivors over the phone, visited some of them in the hospital and organized a "listening session" about gun violence.

Other evidence indicates that black students are punitively disciplined for relatively minor infractions, such as showing disrespect to teachers, willful disobedience or talking too loudly, while white students who commit more serious infractions are punished less severely.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, insists Trump isn't going far enough.

"I think it is an absurd idea. Rhode Island has some of the strongest laws", Raimondo told reporters at the NGA meeting.

"Think long and hard about having weapons, especially firearms, in your home".

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The president has hosted a series of such meetings in the two weeks since the February 14 killing of seventeen students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. "The fact is that we ought to get rid of these laws that allow guns to get in the hands of mentally-ill people". Let each of them do their job independent of each other.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in Washington this week for the National Association of Attorneys General gathering, said he questions whether all schools across his state can afford to have armed professional securing the school. Thankfully, no matter how much he blabbers about it, it is highly unlikely that teachers across the country will be handed guns. I'm very open to that.

I would urge the students not to relent under pressure, nor be cowed down by any red eye, and I know from our experience that united angry youth can neither be bought nor defeated.

If we trust educators with children for the length of a school day, he says, we should trust them with guns. Just because some selfless teachers and coaches, like Stoneman Douglas' Aaron Feis, put their lives on the line doesn't mean they all should feel obligated to. Bump stocks replace a semi-automatic weapon's shoulder rest, "bumping" the barrel back and forth after the trigger is pulled, allowing the gun to fire multiple times off one single trigger pull. "If he had not had that capacity, would we have saved the rest of the people in that church?"

I am not going to kill someone.

Moreover, arming teachers won't solve the issue; a gun problem can't be solved with more guns. "South Dakota does have a school sentinel program that does provide for that sort of thing".

Knowing that a teacher is or may be packing heat is probably even more unsettling for students. Four deputies and one shooter, give me a break.

The ideas of any governor or federal official should be explored, he added. Chaotic, volatile (but not deadly) situations occasionally occur in the classroom, especially in high school, where teachers are required to make split-second decisions: students aggressively arguing; students physically fighting; a student becoming overly aggressive towards the teacher. Under this proposal, predictably backed by the National Rifle Association, teachers who completed 132 hours of training could carry concealed weapons at school under the guidance of the county sheriff.

However, what also must be recognized is that the availability of the military assault rifle used by the shooter also contributed greatly to the casualty count.

  • Michelle Webb