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Let's Give Our Teachers Guns

by Cynthia Dermody on December 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

gun in caseWould it really be such a bad thing if we stocked our schools with guns? School systems routinely ask taxpayers for money to buy new computers, textbooks, and staff development training -- I propose sticking a line item in the annual education budgets for staff firearms training. Who loves the thought of this? Absolutely no one. I support gun rights and it sickens me that it's come to this, but you know what? It's come to this. I can't help wonder if Dawn Hochsprung, Mary Sherlach, or another trained staffer at Sandy Hook Elementary School had had access to some kind of weapon, that initial confrontation with Adam Lanza in the front hallway might have gone down differently. If educators at that school had had guns and were trained in how to use them, we might be having a totally different conversation today and 26 beautiful, precious lives may still be inhabiting this earth.

You always go through a litany of ifs and maybes after a tragic event like this. If Hochsprung had had a gun, maybe she could have shot Adam Lanza in that hallway, before he even managed to enter a classroom. Maybe she would have shot at him and missed, and taken a bullet herself, but the mere attempt could have caused him to panic and shoot himself before taking another innocent life. The rumor is that Lanza had enough ammunition to take out the entire school, but that he shot himself as soon as he got indication that first responders had entered the building. Maybe the knowledge that schools kept weapons on hand would have deterred him from even going there in the first place.

You cannot force a teacher to arm herself or to even learn to use a gun if she doesn't want to. It's not like you could just add a mandatory gun course to her college curriculum. Using a gun or even being in the same room as one cannot be forced. You need to have the confidence and willingness to operate a gun and pull the trigger if you need to. That's just not a part of everyone's DNA. (Staffing all schools with an armed police officer is also an option here, and is in use at many schools already.)

But I'm willing to bet that there would have been at least one teacher in that school who would have gladly taken on the job as "safety officer" or some such designated title for the school, in the same way that staff are appointed "safety wardens" in the case of fire drills and evacuations.

One of those teachers would have agreed to -- in complete conjunction with the local police department -- take a course, undergo extensive background checks, and be given a key to a locked compartment, where no kids have access, to a weapon that could be used against intruders like Adam Lanza. After what happened on December 14, I'd bet anything you'd find at least one willing teacher at every school.

We can take guns away from the Nancy Lanzas of the world, and even cut down on the amount of illegal firearms on the streets. But the sick, angry, evil Adam Lanzas of the world will still find another way. They will build a bomb from the Internet or use knives or their car. They will continue to come for our kids whether we take all the guns away or not.

So, yeah, let's get illegal guns away from criminals and restrict legal access to assault weapons and anything else we need to do to lessen the chances of a massacre like this from happening again. But then let's ensure it NEVER happens again by putting those same guns into the hands of our teachers. And pray they never, ever have to use them.

Do you support giving guns to our teachers?


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Filed Under: crime, death, terrorism

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  • laure...
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    laurenemb

    December 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    it has ABSOLUTELY NOT come to this. AT ALL. period. More guns around children does not a safer place make. This was a sick and twisted tragedy that shouldn't have happened, but the focus should be on ensuring individuals with documented mental health issues have controlled or no access to guns, along with the help they so desperately need for their health issues. More guns solves nothing, and to think anything else is asenine.


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    Shawna Taubner

    December 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Oh My God. I assumed this was going to be a sarcastic article when I read the title. You are a sick woman. I am so glad I live far away from wherever you are. Your perfect world is a police state? Fine, I may be speaking as a Canadian and our gun laws are worlds away from yours but as a Mom, I would homeschool if my only choice was sending my child to a school where they have guns. Of course, in your world homeschooling is probably banned too because parents may teach their kids outlandish, "commie" "peacenick" "treehugging" propaganda right? God forbid we live in a house without guns.


  • butte...
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    butterflyfreak

    December 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I would absolutely agree to arming my child's teacher and schools! Isreal arms their teachers and how many school shootings do we hear about there? Just the KNOWLEDGE that there are guns, and people willing to use them, in the schools would, I believe, be enough to deter MOST would-be rampaging gunmen. It's not a perfect solution, but as long as there are bad people and people with violent tendencies, we need to have a way to protect our innocents if/when something like this happens.


  • mommy...
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    mommy2annaliese

    December 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM
    Are you serious?! You never know how much a person can take? You hear of teachers beating kids at school who act out, if they had guns...I couldn't even imagine. NO!
  • MsRkg
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    MsRkg

    December 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Absolutely not!!! Guns do not belong in the school period!!! This is not the solution to the problem.


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    Deborah Chaney

    December 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM
    Why is it when something unthinkable happens with guns, more guns are often brought up as the answer? NO. NO MORE GUNS.
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    kelticmom

    December 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM
    Seeing as how all the victims were shot multiple times, some as many as eleven, they wouldn't have stood a chance against a high capacity rifle like that. Not to mention, what happens when a teacher flips out and she has a 9 MM in her desk?
  • LeeshaE
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    LeeshaE

    December 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Completely miss informed. Yeah more guns will definitely solve the problem with gun control(please not sarcasm). That didn't work for Operation Fast and Furious! How about a ban on hand guns and automatic weapons for private citizens like the UK did fyi they only had 58 deaths by fire arms last year. I am all for your right to bare arms but a shot gun can defend and feed you just as well. Not to mention that only 15-20% of new soldiers shoot to kill (they generally possess a sociopathic personalty), what do you expect an armed group of teachers to do. Sure they are in a defensive position but taking the life of another cannot be taken lightly nor is it the place of a citizen.


  • Flori...
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    Floridamom96

    December 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Woo hoo! Someone with common sense! You guys who have a problem with this arefeeling instead of thinking through the logic. You make claims based on zero evidence that it's a bad thing, but it's really only your own fears and prejudices controlling you. FBI statistics show that gun violence has gone down every year as gun restrictions have eased. BTW, if you are afraid of guns has it ever occurred to you that maybe the bad guys don't want to get shot any more than you do? That they attack schools and other gun free areas because they are gun free" Because they know there will be no one there who is a threat to them? As so perfectly said by Wayne LaPierre, "The only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun." What if the principal had been armed and had shot this man?


  • Flori...
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    Floridamom96

    December 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    In the school district where I went to high school every high school had an armed sheriff's deputy on campus. It was a community outreach program started by the sheriff and school board at the time and it worked brilliantly. Students developed a positive relationship with law enforcement and it was a natural deterrent to crime.


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