by: Maya Draney
On February 14th there was a mass school shooting. It happened in Parkland, Florida at a school called Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. There were at least seventeen adults and children killed. The suspect who made this tragedy happen was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for disciplinary reasons the year before. This shooting has caused many debates about if schools are safe, or if we need more gun laws.
A big debate that has been going around is if teachers should be able to carry guns with them when they are teaching. There are many pros and cons when it comes to a teacher having a gun with them in their classroom. A pro would be that teachers would have more control over the security in the school as well as deterring a shooter from coming into the school. Armed teachers could respond to a shooter way more quickly than police. “Our banks, our airports, our NBA games, our NFL games, our office buildings, our movie stars, our politicians — they’re all more protected than our children at school,” LaPierre said. “We surround and protect so much with armed security, while we drop our kids off at schools that are so-called ‘gun-free zones.'”- tribelive.com
A con would be teachers want to focus on teaching, not having a concealed firearm. “Teachers don’t want to be armed, we want to teach. We don’t want to be, and would never have the expertise to be, sharp shooters; no amount of training can prepare an armed teacher to go up against an AR-15,” Randi Weingarten, president of the National Federation of Teachers -tribelive.com. The guns that the teachers would have could be taken away from the teacher by a student and they could turn it against everyone. Having guns in the school could end up bad and the guns could end up in the wrong hands. “Almost any two students could figure out a way to get a gun away from a teacher; one distracts them and the other sneaks or wrestles the gun off of them,” said Robert Conroy, organizing director. – tribelive.com
Only nine states allow teachers to carry guns. Those states are Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, Kansas, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Texas. Some of those nine states are allowed to carry concealed guns, while the other states allow concealed guns, but limit the location and person who carries the gun. It’s also referred to as “campus carry”. I asked a few students around Bonneville High School and Senior Cameron Kronmiller said “ I think teachers should be allowed to have guns if they are trained to have them.”
There are so many sides to this debate. Senior Brinley Martinez said “ I don’t think teachers should have guns. You never know if that teacher is crazy and has anger problems and that type of person shouldn’t be able to hold a gun. I think a possible solution would be to have better gun control.” Everyone is on a different side and has a different opinion about this debate. No matter what side you’re on, something needs to be done about these school shootings.