Arming Teachers A Safe idea?

By: Alex Vilchez

Is it a good idea to arm teachers?

It would be a good idea to arm teachers because than they don't have to spend money on guards when thay already have staff members that can be trained to use the guns.In the article by, Herald (Everett, WA) it said "We're not tying our money up in a guard 24/7 that we won't have to have unless something happens. We've got these people who are already hired and using them in other areas," The district of Arkansas say it would cost less if they armed their own staff.

Pro on why its a good idea to arm teachers.

In the article written by sperry it said, "Since the December massacre by a lone gunman in Newton, Connecticut, many schools have hastened to add safety measures in an effort to prevent similar violence." If teachers are armed with guns there could be a better chance that something like the massacre won't happen again.
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Are there other ways to keep schools safe?

In the article written by Sperry it said "Sample responses included armed guards, periodic vehicle patrols and in-person visits by police and volunteers to monitor doors. NRA promises new ads, blasts 'real consequences' of background checks School officials also said they were adding security entrances, door buzzers to control access and were implementing more frequent lock down drills." There are many other ways that don't involve guns to prevent a gun shooting to happen.

Reasons why teachers shouldn't be armed

"For starters, there's the increased potential for accidents. Even experienced gun safety instructors make mistakes (read: accidentally shoots a student). This cop famously shot himself in the foot during a gun safety demonstration in a classroom. We live in a litigious culture, so we need to factor the resulting lawsuits when things don't go as planned. Then there's the cost of arming and training teachers. The insurance premiums. And what about the politicization of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin? Imagine that, but in the classroom." As Beem said in this quote there can be accidents even if the teachers are trained and the cost is also expensive to be arming teachers. Bringing in guns to stop other guns doesn't sound right.
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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.

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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.

Works Cited

"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., 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.