The Importance Of Gun Control In Schools

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Teachers carrying concealed weapons on school grounds and during school hours has been an argument among pro-gun activists and anti-gun protestors for decades. However, the tragic event that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 has educators and politicians across the country reconsidering whether or not teachers should carry guns on campus. The disastrous shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut renewed debates about gun control and whether or not educators should carry guns to defend their students if such events were to occur again. What most people don’t realize is that many states across the country already allowed teachers to carry guns on school grounds prior to this event. As a result of the elementary shooting, five states gave school administrators authority to arm their teachers. In 2013, more than 80 bills were introduced in at least 33 states that related to arming school staff. However, a report by the Council of State Governments stated that only Alabama, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas passed gun laws affecting public schools (Murphy). Other states have slowly followed suit and the dispute has sustained across the country. Although some policymakers are in favor of arming teachers, there are a lot of people who are firmly against this idea and don’t see what good could come out of it. When asked about her views on the matter, Tennessee Education Association president Gera Summerford said, “A teacher’s job
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