Well that didn’t take Long for the “Arming Teachers with Guns” Debate to be Smashed into Oblivion

Well that didn’t take Long for the “Arming Teachers with Guns” Debate to be Smashed into Oblivion

“If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly,” President Trump said at a listening session at the White House with the Parkland community following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

“Arming teachers with guns,” is the solution currently being perpetuated by the White House presumably so that they can avoid passing a law banning semiautomatic weapons for civilian use. Adding more guns is their counterintuitive answer for preventing gunfights. In that listening meeting, Trump asked for a show of hands if they liked his idea. Crickets. There may have been two hands out of 50-plus that were raised. Then he flipped the question and asked for a show hands against his idea. It doesn’t take a mathematician to guess what happened there. To be fair, Trump clarified what he meant that only, “teachers with military or special training experience – only the best 20% of teachers,” on Twitter.

But that solution really dissolved on Wednesday morning when news broke that a social studies teacher at a Georgia high school barricaded himself in a classroom and fired a single shot. Other than a student who hurt their ankle running – thankfully nobody was injured. A 30-45 minute standoff occurred before the teacher was finally taken into custody. Speculation as to why he did this hasn’t been determined yet.

Now, 2nd Amendment defenders will argue this is incidence is anecdotal. Just like when a trigger-happy police officer shoots an unarmed black person, the rhetoric is “well not all police officers are bad.” But isn’t this incident being anecdotal enough? Even if a similar situation occurred only .001% of the time, wouldn’t that be too much?

As of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 98,271 public schools (elementary, middle and high schools), 33,619 private schools (all ages) and 7,236 higher institutions. All in, that’s 139,126 educational institutions in the United States (at least that many because this is a 2014 study) and 20% of those teachers are concealed carriers? That’s approximately 2 million more guns in our schools.

We’re talking about too much potential energy when a slew of dangerous unpredictable circumstances could ensue. What if a student rushed a teacher? What if a teacher pulled a weapon on an unruly student in a moment of rage or self-defense?

How many times have you heard a family member of a mass shooter claim they had no idea they were capable of committing such a crime? Las Vegas mass shooter, Stephen Paddock’s brother, couldn’t fathom that he was capable of killing 58 people. Parents of Boston Marathon brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerian Tsarnaev, were shocked when they learned of the self-radicalization that happened between them.

People can be unpredictable and incomprehensible. Struggles that we all face makes us volatile. Nobody, not even teachers, are immune to life’s pressure. And when people face enormous pressure, they lash out in unforeseeable ways. This is simply too much potential energy to put our children’s lives at risk – regardless if these educators love their students or not.

~Brian Benson

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Brian Benson was born-and-raised in North Carolina, a beloved son and youngest of seven siblings. He has an extensive background in political science. When he’s not writing, he surfs full time.


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