Laurens School District near Warner Robins, Ga. is becoming the first school district to allow staff members to carry guns in order to protect students, despite all the research showing that increasing the amount of guns at schools decreases student safety.
Although Trump has touted arming teachers and school personnel as a solution to school shootings, the high number of accidental shootings that have occurred in classrooms and school buildings by trained professionals should scare anyone out of arming teachers.
On March 14, two separate accidental shootings happened on opposite sides of the country, in Virginia and in California. The one thing they had in common, besides the date they occurred, is that they were both caused by trained, armed professionals inside of schools. Only a week before those two shootings, a student was killed in an accidental shooting in Alabama.
In early May, an elementary school teacher with a legal concealed firearm accidentally discharged her gun in the faculty restroom of her school. If she had been around her elementary-aged students when her gun discharged, this would have been a tragedy.
Let’s not forget the Ga. teacher who barricaded himself in his office and shot his gun out of his classroom window. The officer who got the teacher to stop shooting and come out of his classroom didn’t use a gun. We cannot expect students or teachers to feel safer or healthier with the addition of more guns.
If there’s one thing that America — which is the only Western country with more guns than people — should’ve learned by now, is that having more guns is not making us safer.
It has been scientifically proven that an increase in the number of guns corresponds with a higher number of murders.
More guns = more death. It’s an unequivocal fact that can’t be disputed the NRA’s debunked “good guy with a gun” myth.
Professional police officers hit their intended targets about 18 percent of the time in training situations with an active shooter. And police officers already have firearm practice and training as part of their job description.
How could we possibly expect a teacher, with a huge list of responsibilities that doesn’t include firearms practice, to be any better of a shot than a trained police officer? When that teacher panics and is unable to hit the intended target, where are all of those stray bullets going to go?
How could anyone possibly imagine that chaotic scene and pretend that arming school staff would make our students safer?
There is absolutely no evidence that increasing the amount of guns around students increases their safety and there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Allowing teachers to carry guns doesn’t encourage hope of preventing the next tragedy, it creates an opportunity for the next tragedy.