Should School Teachers Be Armed?
It's a loaded question.
Arguments are pro and con and all are valid after the recent shootings in Connecticut where 20 young children were murdered.
The pro argument is basically, had the teacher, any teacher, been armed or had a gun nearby, perhaps, the gunman might had been prevented or killed outright before more murder had been committed. The logic makes sense. But, just because a teacher has access to a gun does not mean the outcome would be any different. It could make it worse. It is more likely a teacher might cause collateral damage by killing another in error. Even trained police have does this in the heat of the moment.
The Con argument is that it would make little difference and if the gun was in a desk, a child might get it somehow (assuming the drawer was not locked and the safety was off). Does a teacher with a gun insure more safety in the classroom? Maybe in certain circumstances but maybe not when a gunman bursts in without warning, or with warning as gunshots are heard, would the teacher react quick enough, would they save the kids first or shoot the gunman?
Some suggest that schools should have a teacher response core, a few teachers who can react armed when a shooting occurs. These could be trained better in firearms and still teach normally and the guns would be kept in a certain location or locations locked. I can see how this might be a better solution, but if the shooting is like in Newtown, they may already be too late to make a difference. The police arrived very fast and yet, were too late.