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Should School Teachers Be Armed?

Updated on December 19, 2012

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.

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      MacDonald Chaava 4 years ago from Lawton. Oklahoma

      must everything boil down to liberal-bashing?

      this is a country of laws. there is a law for everything. we are constantly reminded, freedom is not cheap. i do not see how blaming the situation confronting American society on the so-called liberal agenda really helps this discussion. if one group, any group, had the answers, does anyone believe seriously, they would not be recognized for it?

      Arming staff/teachers may have some desired outcome. The question before us is, whether or not that is a good idea. I am a born-again (Christian) and do not buy into the liberal-conservative political rightness branding.

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      Arnie 4 years ago

      Agreed, I'm just extremely frustrated that the liberal response after a tragedy is always to pass more laws and regulations on law abiding people in hopes that the problem will be fixed. Criminals don't follow the law and more laws are not the answer for many things. You are surely familiar with this living in California. Why is it so hard for Americans to understand that we had a sick little bastard prey on women and children. It's just disgusting. It's time for Americans to take ownership of their country again. We all must do our best to be productive citizens and work to protect the innocent from those that want to do them harm. Instead, Americans want to disarm law abiding citizens and and beg for the government to somehow keep them all safe. It's every Americans' responsibility to build and maintain this country. That's is where our society has gone wrong. Our founding fathers would be outraged.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      True, but schools should have a core response team of sorts.

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      Arnie 4 years ago

      "We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."

      Ronald Reagan

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      perrya 4 years ago

      I think a response team would be best on the campus consisting of a few trained teachers until police arrive.

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      MacDonald Chaava 4 years ago from Lawton. Oklahoma

      If questions and solutions are directed any point other than causes of violence in this country it will be like the story of people who sought ways to better clean up a flooded room overlooking the leaking faucet in the wall.

      The causes of violence must surely include easy access to high powered semi, and machne guns. We just had a horrific incident in Connecticut; emotions are very high. If that boy did not have access to a machine gun (call it whatever), no matter how mentally ill or pissed off with society he would not have caused that amount of mayhem. It makes no sense to equip teachers unless there was fear of terrorists storming clasrooms.

      Putting guns in teachers' hands is like mopping flooded floors with new equipment - madness.

      Address gun access laws and address family and societal crisis including mental health issues in the US. Those are the roots in my opinion.