Arming Teachers A Safe idea?
By: Alex Vilchez
Is it a good idea to arm teachers?
Pro on why its a good idea to arm teachers.
Are there other ways to keep schools safe?
Reasons why teachers shouldn't be armed
Are teachers safe to be guards?
Beem author of "Back to School: Lock and Load." he said "Is the United States of America a country where guns come before books? Arming teachers represents a major step in advancing our cultural arms escalation. Consider: Teachers aren't "supposed to be" soldiers or law enforcement officers. They're not "supposed to be" Wyatt Earp. They are supposed to be scientists, philosophers, musicians, or artists. They are supposed to provide an atmosphere for creativity and learning so that the next generation can do better for their children than we've done for ours. They are supposed to teach conflict resolution that doesn't involve intimidation and violence, and lead by example." I agree, teachers aren't meant to be protectors, they are supposed to lead us away from gun violence. I believe teachers have a hard job because they have to take all of our disrespect and they can snap at any moment.
Is it expensive to arm teachers?
In Herald (Everett, WA) article, Morey said, "We just think educators should be in the business of educating students, not carrying a weapon," Morey said.Participants in the program are given a one-time $1,100 stipend to purchase a handgun and holster. Hopkins said the district is paying about $50,000 for ammunition and for training by Nighthawk Custom Training Academy, a private training facility in northwest Arkansas" This kind of money can be used for other better educational stuff or other safety procedures in stead of guns.
"Arkansas District Arming More Than 20 Teachers, Staff." Herald (Everett, WA). 31 Jul. 2013: N.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.
Beem, David. "Back to School: Lock and Load." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 16 Aug. 2013. Web. 03 Feb. 2014.
Sperry, Todd. "Survey: Teachers Don't Want to Carry Guns, Do Support Armed Guards." CNN. Cable News Network, 27 Feb. 2013. Web. 02 Feb. 2014.