It’s a debate that brings out the worst in people and has ripped our country apart for decades. The battle for gun control gets worse as mass shootings continue in our country and is certainly a hot topic after the Parkland shooting last week.
Key names have weighed in on the debate claiming that it could have all been prevented if teachers were able to carry a weapon. Others feel that arming the teachers is not the answer rather stricter gun laws would solve the problem. One of the big names to chime in on the debate is President Trump who is not fond with the current defense systems in place at our schools.
Trump made a statement Thursday claiming that these weaponless schools are big “targets” for shooters. He went on to share his views of how we need to “harden” our school systems by arming staff. “These people are cowards. They’re not going to walk into a school if 20% of the teachers have guns — it may be 10% or may be 40%. And what I’d recommend doing is the people that do carry, we give them a bonus. We give them a little bit of a bonus,” Trump stated. “They’ll frankly feel more comfortable having the gun anyway. But you give them a little bit of a bonus.”
Head of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, disputes Trump’s suggestions with stern remarks, “Teachers don’t want to be armed, we want to teach. We don’t want to be, and would never have the expertise needed to be, sharp shooters; no amount of training can prepare an armed teacher to go up against an AR-15.”
Let’s be honest — this is true.
Most parents would not feel comfortable under the protection of a teacher who was ‘trained’ in firearms. That teacher’s judgement will forever be a worry as you can imagine how a teacher would react if he/she felt ‘threatened’ or that their life was in danger.
Is arming the staff really the question? It’s believed by many that there are several other precautions that can be put into place to assure our kid’s safety. There is nothing more useless than a staff of teachers who don’t want to fire a weapon. No amount of training can make someone comfortable with taking a life. Well, no civilian training.