Arming Teachers In Schools

2238 Words Dec 8th, 2013 9 Pages
Armed and Educated
The debate of arming teachers to defend our nation’s students

Since the establishment of public education in the United States, schools have provided a sense of security and belonging to their students. Although sitting through lectures and doing homework may not be the most exciting thing in the world, students will always have a lunch to eat, a roof over their head, and a supportive teacher or counselor that they can talk to. Despite the “safe” environment and presence of authoritative figures on school campuses, trouble always finds a way to break out. Simple misbehaving and occasional fights are a common occurrence on most school campuses, however a new breed of troublesome and violent students has hatched. The
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Although these ideas are all effective in preventing an attack that hasn’t happened yet, there was no significant suggestion made that could truly stop an attack that was in progress. Kevin Leatherbarrow, a high school English teacher, said, “We’re sitting ducks,” “You don’t have a chance in hell. You’re dead – no ifs, ands, or buts.” Finally, the seed was planted; teachers should be armed in order to protect themselves and their students incase of an attack.
Initially, there was two basic extremes of the debate on arming teachers; the liberal groups who entirely rejected the idea of arming teachers and pushed for insanely strict gun laws instead, and the “other side”, consisting of firearm experts, conservatives, gun enthusiasts, and others who felt that it was more than a gun that claimed the lives of victims at Sandy Hook; who were fairly open to the idea of arming teachers. Their capital viewpoint is “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Martin O’Malley, the Governor of Maryland, labeled the idea, “Outrageous, extreme, and reprehensible:” "It 's hard to imagine a level of weaponry that a security guard would be carrying on their belt that could have resisted the sort of attack that that individual perpetrated in Newtown." Although the shooter had an assault rifle on him, it has been
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