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Arming teachers? Local education association, gun range manager discuss controversial issue

04 March 2018

He wants schools to become a "hardened target". And there is no guarantee a teacher would not be tempted to reach for his or her gun to break up fights or in other situations that fall short of mass shootings. (Keep in mind that means there are 242 million adults in the US who are not members.) I only hope that if this idea is adopted, teachers think long and seriously about the danger they are putting themselves and their students in before applying an overly simple politically-correct solution to a complicated problem. Additionally, teachers themselves are nearly universal in their opposition to the proposal.

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"Educators know arming all the teachers is a awful idea", said Denise Specht, union president. No one panicked. We all just sat down on chairs or the floor away from the classroom door. If net neutrality taught us anything, it's that public support isn't the be-all end-all for determining the passing of legislation.

And in the seconds after an active shooter alert, "are teachers supposed to get their guns or get their students to safety?"

But even he has concerns about the notion of arming school personnel. Students can not develop a true passion for learning in such a culture.

As Oliver noted, the reasons not to arm educators are numerous: shooting assailants is not their job; there was already a deputy on the scene at Parkland; and the logistics, Oliver emphasized, would be a nightmare. If the culture is one based around fear, children will never be able to develop that love, that passion.

The issue of gun control continues to be talked about in Washington D.C. and around the country. This concept is called the Overton window.

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It is admirable to be prepared for and protected against a tragedy like a mass shooting, but as a society, we need to solve the bigger problem with common sense gun control. Jokes over the list made the rounds earlier in the week, but Oliver couldn't resist the easy setup, calling the note "what you might write down if you were a robot pretending to be a person pretending to be a robot pretending to be a person".

Continuing to advocate arming teachers, President Trump suggested handling weapons was like having an aptitude for sports. "Not only again now to prepare their lessons and everything else they need to do, but in order to protect everyone, they need armed training", said Kelly Walker, who is the president of the Virginia Beach Education Association.

"It's a bad idea on so many levels", says Haas, whose daughter was shot twice during the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and survived. And why would we want a school coach or librarian or teacher to carry firearms? "Increasing the number of firearms in a school will not make for a safer environment". Arming teachers sends the wrong message, she said.

Finally, let's imagine a situation where this threat is indeed real and indeed imminent.

Teachers teach, students learn and the police keep us safe and secure. Adding security guard to their long list of responsibilities is not feasible. If you turned on any major news network in the days following the Florida school shooting analysts were breaking down not just the weapon the shooter used, but how he carried out the attack. But what if, one day, a child were to get hold of that gun, either from purposefully searching or stumbling upon it accidentally, hurting themselves or even others? what if, one day, a child were to get hold of that gun, either from purposefully searching or stumbling upon it accidentally, hurting themselves or even others?What if an unstable student were to find the gun and use it to shoot themselves in the head?

At such a cost, we must ask ourselves: Is it worth it?

Interestingly, several of the Tennessee lawmakers who strongly favored the bill in question argued, without any apparent irony, that the proposed law to arm educators was particularly necessary because the state had not allocated funds to hire school resource officers.

Arming teachers? Local education association, gun range manager discuss controversial issue