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Column: Recurring School Shootings Create Need for Teachers to Carry Guns

Students at Townville Elementary in South Carolina cry after a gunman opened fire on the playground in 2016. (Katie McLean/Anderson Independent-Mail/Associated Press)
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Students at Townville Elementary in South Carolina cry after a gunman opened fire on the playground in 2016. (Katie McLean/Anderson Independent-Mail/Associated Press) Photo found at Washington Post.

Students at Townville Elementary in South Carolina cry after a gunman opened fire on the playground in 2016. (Katie McLean/Anderson Independent-Mail/Associated Press) Photo found at Washington Post.

Students at Townville Elementary in South Carolina cry after a gunman opened fire on the playground in 2016. (Katie McLean/Anderson Independent-Mail/Associated Press) Photo found at Washington Post.

Kiana Valeri, Student of Journalism

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Days and days go by as a recurring problem — so big — yet, so simple to solve; it has only been getting worst. That is school shootings. With a topic like this that is so controversial, no one can seem to put heads together to fix the problem. Instead, society has allowed 2,033 school shooting slip by all over the United States, calculated after the devastating Sandy Hook school shooting by Vox, American news and opinion website. A problem like this tends to worry some, especially when there is a probability of being caught in a school shooting of one in 63 according to A Medium Corporations, online publishing platform. Whether this is big or little — there is still a number, and no one wants there to be a number, which in all reality, should not be there.

Being a high school student, teachers should have the right to carry guns.

To prevent actions that go against the Constitution, by taking away everyone’s right to own a gun, multiple ways exist to avoid the outbreaks of these mass shootings such as teachers carrying.

Reasons that go against this potential answer are so simple like; some teachers do not want to carry a gun. Alright, everyone understands it would be stressful, and yes, there is liability people do not want to worry about. Not to mention their responsibility increases — tremendously, but at least people will feel safe.

Security Magazine, a fantastic security industry news and trends magazine, does not love this idea. Knowing this because they have an article published called,9 Reasons Why Not to Arm Teachers: Survivors of the Stoneman Douglas Shooting.” Although the reasons are understandable, such as teachers cannot replace officers, teachers want to teach, teachers will become the primary targets, armed teachers are not a deterrent to suicidal mass shooters, and five other substantial reasons, they are not valid.

English teacher, Benjamin Gorman, tweeted among this problem saying, “I’m a teacher and a gun owner with a concealed and carry permit, and I’d never want to bring a gun to my classroom. My kids need to feel safe, and I should be thinking about content and not worrying about someone grabbing my pistol. Arming teachers is a gun manufacturer’s solution.” While he is clearly against this solution, not everyone else is.  Brett Pruitt, a combat course instructors in Utah, believes that teachers have the right to be armed, if they choose.  Pruitt said, “We give our children to educators for four to six hours a day and trust them with their safety. My personal opinion is we should give them the means to [keep those children safe],” reported by The Guardian, a British Newspaper.

Although there are two sides, as shown by Gorman who does not believe in having teachers carrying and Pruitt who thinks it will be beneficial, neither one has to carry since no one is forced. The bill that could potentially pass, allowing teachers to carry guns, will enable any teacher to volunteer, which is a big misconception people have.

Proved by a daily newspaper, Miami Herald, who shared for teachers and other staff to be armed, school districts must opt-in to the so-called “Guardian program,” which allows teachers and other staff to volunteer to carry a gun on campus after undergoing screening and training by a local sheriff’s office.

Training is not only offered by sheriff offices, but combat courses are also provided in hope to help the process.

The Guardian also noted in a U.S. gun control article that a local combat shooting course is offered to teachers.  The example comes from St. George, Utah in response to the the shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla. Rowdy’s Range in Utah started offering classes. Typically costing almost $800, the class is free of charge to teachers.

Furthermore, in every state, high school students are more likely than middle and elementary school students to attend a school with at least one police officer. Percentages illustrate that 67 percent of high school students, 45 percent of middle school students, and 19 percent of elementary school students attend a school with a police officer, according to Urban Institute, which carries out economic and social economy research.

Facts that come from this is not the percentages, instead, that not every school is armed with an officer — bringing up a weird correlation that Daniel Payne, an assistant editor for The College Fix, an American libertarian-conservative news website, sees also. Coming from his article, “Of course we should let teachers carry guns in schools” by Washington Examiner, he shared this correlation of the fact that never will someone see on the news of a man and woman walking into a gun store or a police station attempting to shoot the place up, no, because they know there is equipment in there ready to shoot back. Ironically, schools lack the “weapons” to empower students and teachers.

Florida is one state that already passed the bill according to NPR, National Public Radio. But there are other states like North Carolina, Texas, Utah and 10 others looking at this bill, so what is all of the sitting around?

When there are more than 2,033 school shootings, there is a problem. With at least 2,313 killed and 8,452 wounded, something has to change, which is why teachers should carry, as soon as possible, especially before the number turns to 2,034.

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