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Overcomingthe_Pain
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The_Master_Riddler
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Should teachers and staff of schools be allowed to carry weapons for the safety of the children

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Started: 2/21/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Overcomingthe_Pain

Pro

Hello and welcome to my debate. This is the debate on school teachers being allowed to carry weapons(guns, taser, pepper spray, etc..) to make the school a safer place to be.
I will be arguing the pro side of teachers and staff having weapons.
I look forward to a debater.
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The_Master_Riddler

Con

I accept. Thanks for this debate. Pro has the burden to prove two things:
That teachers should bear arms and that bearing arms will make a school a safer place.
Debate Round No. 1
Overcomingthe_Pain

Pro

Alright let us take a glance of some of the positive sides of teachers and staff having weapons in school, and how to make it a safe thing.
I know what you may be thinking, why in the world would we want teachers of our schools to carry weapons? well one good reason is because of school shootings. Lets take the recent school shooting in Newtown,Conn. at Sandy Hook Elementary school. This mass shooting was the second worst in U.S history. And twenty-six children and adults died due to this. Now if the teachers and the staff had weapons they may have been able to injure or kill the man who was attacking.
You may be wondering how? Well if We The People of the U.S provided the resources for teachers and staff to be educated in gun safety, gun firing, aiming, and all of that(also for other weapons), we would be able to do OUR part in making schools safer to be in. In turn as a result, teachers and staff members having weapons would be a safe thing because they would be trained in what to do.

I look forward to your debate back.

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The_Master_Riddler

Con

Contention One: If a teacher ever felt threatened, she could shoot. So if two kids were fighting, she/he could could shoot the kid, which could potentially kill him/her. This doesn't promote safety; however, it puts many children at risk for kids to get hurt.

More Contentions Coming soon.............................

Refutations:
Alright let us take a glance of some of the positive sides of teachers and staff having weapons in school, and how to make it a safe thing.
What do you mean how to make it a safe thing?
Now if the teachers and the staff had weapons they may have been able to injure or kill the man who was attacking.
What if even with guns the teachers couldn't kill or injure the man. My opponent has the burden to prove that if the teachers had guns, then they would have injured the man. If not, then thid argument is unnecessary.
Debate Round No. 2
Overcomingthe_Pain

Pro

That is a good point. That is why teachers and staff need to get a mental test done in order to ensure that nothing like that will happen.To make sure the teacher does not have anger issues and problems mentally.
One of the reasons other then safety in the physical sense but also in the emotional and mental sense. If your parent or guardian takes you to school it sets them at ease to know that you will be safe. It will also make you feel safer. How would you feel going into to school and not feeling safe at all? if you have the fear of being killed. Yes i know that all of the precautions can never secure that you will ALWAYS be safe, but it can help prevent it.
The_Master_Riddler

Con

The_Master_Riddler forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Overcomingthe_Pain

Pro

These few things that I have mentioned are just a few good reasons why teachers should have weapons.
The_Master_Riddler

Con

Sorry about that forfeited round. I know this will be a penalty in conduct.

However, my opponent stated that the teachers should take a mentality test to keep people from doing this type of event, but if a teacher has to take a mental test, I wouldn't want them to be teaching. If teachers are given the right to carry guns, then teachers must be sure the guns will be used to keep people safe. But then, teachers will be hired on whether they can shoot somebody and not if they can teach someone. That is why we have officers at schools: to help prevent those types of events happening. But now it seems that if teachers are given the right to bear arms, then life will be reverted: teachers will be shooting and officers will be teaching.

What if a student gets a hold of a gun? Many bad things can happen when the wrong person holds a gun. Many people can get hurt. Giving teachers the right to hold a gun can make things worse.
Debate Round No. 4
Overcomingthe_Pain

Pro

But if the students do not know the teachers have a weapon how would they get it? they wouldn't! if the teachers have a concealed weapon( even maybe just a knife) they could help prevent deaths. Now im not saying things could go wrong, because well they surely could. That is why i think it would be important for people interested in being a teacher they must get a mental test done to make sure they are mentally right for a teaching job.
The_Master_Riddler

Con

But if the students do not know the teachers have a weapon how would they get it?
Two points I will make with this statement: my opponent seems to be arguing that a teacher should be allowed to bring a gun onto a campus without anyone knowing. This can put many people in danger because there are many scary teachers in this world who would be in the right mind and pull out a gun on a child when they feel threatened. Also, what if the child tries to steal something from her purse and found the gun in her purse.

That is why i think it would be important for people interested in being a teacher they must get a mental test done to make sure they are mentally right for a teaching job.
That is how teachers get qualified to teach. Teachers show they are qualified by getting a certification to teach, not to shoot any individual who threatens the environment. Leave that to the security guards.
Debate Round No. 5
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