After the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, parents, teachers and administrators have started questioning whether schools remain safe anymore. The only way to ensure a massacre of this size won’t happen again is to arm teachers. Teachers should be allowed to carry guns at school in order to protect students.
Eighteen states across the country already allow adults to carry handguns on school property. Those who are armed remain anonymous and no accidents involving guns have been reported. Officials like Oren Shemtov, CEO of Israel’s Academy of Security and Investigation, say if the two administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary had concealed handguns the teachers could have delayed the shooter for 45 minutes each, potentially saving numerous lives if not stopping the shooter altogether. Governor Rick Perry has urged schools to review their emergency procedures, and the National Rifle Association (NRA) calls for armed guards in schools. Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice-president of the NRA, says students stay at risk of danger by having gun-free school zones.
Arming teachers would bring a stronger sense of safety for students. A teacher or administrator with a gun could easily protect the campus and its students. Currently, in case of an intruder, the only way school districts can react is by shelter-in-place drills – in which students and administrators lock their doors and stay out of sight from the hallways. If a trespasser has a gun, the only thing stopping them is a locked door, a door that can only withstand so much. The only thing to stop a gun is a gun.
Some parents and administrators argue that by allowing weapons in the schools, students could gain access to the weapons and use them for the students’ own desired purposes. As well as teachers and students having access to the weapons, an intruder could also gain access allowing them to use the weapon as they please. But the concealed handguns in the school would be kept in a secure area and teachers and administrators would have strict procedures in carrying the gun on school grounds. There would be more responsibility for the teachers and administrators, but in order to protect students teachers would welcome new regulations.
Numerous school districts remain opposed to arming teachers because of all the things possible to go wrong with having guns within a school. In any circumstance, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and in this case teachers should rather carry a concealed handgun and never use the gun than not have a gun but need one. Teachers and administrators should be allowed to carry guns on school grounds to help protect their students.
Essay on Armed Education: Should Teachers Carry Concealed Weapons?
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My recently divorced History professor seemed to be in an extremely foul mood one dreary Monday morning. Every move and comment the class made seemed to irritate him more and more. Everyone in the room stopped moving and talking in concern for him, everyone except Josh, who is our class clown. He made the decision to make a comment to our teacher that any other day would have broken the ice and class would have resumed. For some reason, on this particular day it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. My professor looked up from the floor and in a matter of seconds had removed a gun provided to him by the school for protection, from under his jacket, and then shot Josh before anyone could do anything to stop him.…show more content…
Due to the multiple mass murders at three colleges, it has become necessary to find a way to protect the lives of people who go to college. Third, McGrath states that he is not in favor of any student carrying weapons and is also against the idea of all teachers being armed. He is suggesting a program be started where willing, able, and properly trained teachers volunteer to carry concealed weapons in the hope that they will never have to use them. He believes that a future madman would be stopped by a professor and the news of that would cause a decline in future school shootings. McGrath concludes that he knows that any such proposal will be resisted, because as a society we worry about guns, no matter who is using them. He makes the point that he is not only a teacher, but a parent of three children in college and that he would sleep better at night if he knew that specially trained teachers in their schools were armed for everyones’ protection. Even though I do not agree with the main point of the McGrath article, he does make some points that we share the same beliefs or values on. In the back of every parents mind is the fear that their child may be in the next class that some maniac opens fire on. Schools do need to make sure that some type of system in place to help protect the lives of those trying to further their education. Another good point he makes in that students