Guns in schools: regardless of where you stand on the Second Amendment, we all wish it weren’t necessary. But wishes do not often make a reality, especially when it comes to the protection of America’s most vulnerable citizens: children. That’s exactly why the Education Department is now weighing their options in providing funding for schools to arm faculty members. But is it really wise?
As an American citizen, little is more important than your right to protect yourself if someone threatens your life. And most of us – at least, those of us who have children, anyway – would take up arms and exercise that right the second any crazy shooter attempted to threaten our lives.
• Research shows that the most effective way to ameliorate active shooter events is to have armed, well-trained people on-site who can neutralize the shooter the second they identify violence. This is just logical, right?
• Unfortunately, the left has largely decried the right for these views, attempting to suggest that arming teachers would somehow create more violence. Because apparently, the shooter is not only going to break in, but track down the specifically-armed teachers, wrestle them to the ground, steal their guns, and then shoot everyone in the building – all before someone stops them.
• This time, Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education are leaning toward the side of sensibility. Funding for guns and arming staff would not only give schools the power to protect their students, but would also ensure the people who are armed have the right level of training.
• Part of the left’s argument against this move suggests that the Every Student Success Act, which was originally signed into effect in 2015, somehow prohibits or forbids the use of Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants in this manner. But recently, a Trump administration worker clarified that the ESSA does not expressly forbid the use of funds to buy guns.
• Of course, it’s no surprise that opportunistic little Petunia Nancy Pelosi had a lot to say on the topic. She called it “one of the most egregious, short-sighted and dangerous executive branch abuses of our education system in modern history.” She also accused DeVos of leading an “anti-student and anti-teacher campaign” out of a self-serving desire to support the NRA.
• Sandy Hook Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) also had a lot of choice words for the administration. “The Secretary of Education cares more about the firearms industry’s bottom line than the safety of our kids, and that should scare parents to death,” he said. Randi Weingarten agreed, accusing DeVos of turning the US Government into “an arms dealer” in education.
How do you feel about the issue of arming teachers? Should our children’s protection come before all else, or do you think arming teachers is the wrong move? If so, how would you fix the issue of gun violence in schools?