I totally think we should have armed guards in schools because although teachers do keep a lot of kids in line, there are those who won't listen when they get detention or talked to by the principal. Having more armed guards would minimize the crimes in schools around the nation and help kids feel safer.
There have been too many incidents and close calls with people, kids and adults, meeting hurt or killed. And how could we have stopped all this? The answer is quick and simple, armed guards in our schools. It is quite obvious that armed guards are needed in our schools if we plan on staying safe.
If there were more armed guards present the students and teachers would feel better. This would be especially helpful if someone was to show up with a weapon. There should be more than one person in a school because one guard cannot be everywhere at the same time if something were to happen.
If there are more armed guards at schools, then the criminal would be less likely to cause a massacre. The school systems across America need to educate there teachers and students on what to do in case of an attack. Also, they need to educate the guards on what to look for and what to do in case of an attack.
Yes, I personally think that there should be armed guards at all schools in America. There should be some sort of system put in place in all schools to prevent something happening like what happened in Newtown, CT. If someone there had a gun like a security guard, so many of those children would still have been alive for Christmas this year.
Officers secure federal buildings, air marshals secure airplanes. We are already securing some of the places that are most important to us with armed professionals, time to start including a plan for our kids in their schools. A small number of armed, trained and willing school employees along with making it clear the school is protected in this way would do the trick. The armed and trained individuals could be teachers, office workers, janitors or anyone who is willing to undergo the training and possible psychological screening necessary. Many people would be honored to serve in a roll such as this to protect our children.
I consider myself very liberal but in the current climate, it seems very unlikely gun reform is in the near future, so schools need to be protected and prepared for when certain incidents should arise. If you visit some schools, the security will ask for ID, they will ask you specific questions to profile you, and on special occasions, they might even run a mirror under your car. At other schools, you can simply drive up, say you're there for a game, and they'll let you drive right on to campus. Other people are talking about police brutality and this leading to gun violence but in all honesty that doesn't make any sense. We don't want to hand random people guns and put them outside of schools; we want trained security guards with a military and/or law enforcement background who will go through additional training on how to deal with certain situations. These guards aren't shooting random students because they don't stop at the gate, they're there for extreme circumstances and unless a student is armed or someone on the campus is armed, they shouldn't even be thinking about using the gun.
If not then they're not worth that price? Gun control will not work, gun control is people control, nothing more. It will not stop the evil people from carrying out evil deeds. We've had guns and guns of this sort around for a long time but just in recent time started having these events. This points to the degeneration of our society and culture. We invited in the darkness by way of the breakup of the family unit and evil morals and practices, teach them in those same schools and wonder why this kind of thing happens. We have 'progressive' culture touting what our forefathers would have considered patently evil and wonder why these sort things are happening. You dump rat poison in the municipal water supply then wonder why everybody is getting sick all of a sudden?
Every thing of value is protected by guns. Banks, Courts, Politicians, jewelry stores, and even celebrites used armed guards for protection. Our schools have no such protection. In fact, they are well known to be gun free zones. Any shooter knows there are no guns allowed at schools. Change this and overnight the carnage will stop
Single, man-trap, locked point of entry, armed guard at that point denies access to victims by shooter-6 minute police response time=17 dead children
our children should not be terrified to go to school-obvious gridlock by lawmakers will not change- the defense of our children must be done at the local level
1. More and better improved security system is a more practical solution to school setting, not more weapons.
2. Wrong teaching to our young minds-prepare more violence to end violence.
3. Unrealistic to assume armed guards will have proper weapons to handle crazy gunman at the right time and right place.
4. Greater chance for unfortunate things to happen. Armed staffs, teachers, guards may be equally dangerous if they have an issue (family, relationships, jobs) that triggers them to turn against the school and students.
Lets take the example of most East Asian countries, where they have little to no guns and they have under .1% murder/suicide rate. How is an armed guard supposed to protect kids? Its not like they have x-ray vision to see concealed weapons. Not only that but lets take a look at the costs of a proposal such as this. I'm not saying that economy>safety. But when we aren't actually making things safer, what are we doing? We turn schools from peace to a place of fear and hate. Eventual outcome: harming of the educational system and a loss of money/
I am 17 and stand 6 foot, 5 inches. If I were to have some kind of a mental breakdown and wanted to shoot someone, I'm pretty sure I could overpower a guard if I caught him or her by surprise. That puts a gun in my hands that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to access. I am not the only. My school has some very strong, physically fit wrestlers and football players. If they wanted to overpower a guard to get a gun, I don't think they'd have much difficultly. It's too risky.
It's difficult to find examples where armed guards prevented a mass shooting. For example, at the Columbine and Virginia Tech school shootings, there were armed guards, but they weren't able to prevent those tragedies.
Some examples for deadly incidents would be: Armed guards misreading student behavior, like a student mistakenly shot while playing with a toy gun, Student fights where a student grabs the guard's gun, A mass shooting scenario where students are killed in crossfire, or a nightmare scenario where a psychotic guard kills the STUDENTS.
The answer to gun violence is NOT more guns. If that were the case, why don't we just spend the money to supply a gun to every student? The lesson of gun violence is that the easier you make it to kill, the more people are likely to kill. The question then is can you trust anyone with a gun? I've got enough on my mind at school to have to worry about whether the policy academy reject just got dumped by his girlfriend and has decided today is a good day to die and why not take a few people with him.
More guns won't solve this is issue if its what started all of this. We should all be focusing on mental health. Not guns. And we don't need armed security standing at the door of every classroom, let alone let teachers armed... What if that teacher or security guard were to have a psychotic episode, or a nervous breakdown?....
In my view, the greatest issue with having armed guards is the regular presence of a person with a gun in front of young children. From my own experience in grade school, police officers by practice did not even carry guns when they were on school property. In addition, it is unrealistic to assume that one or two people with a gun will always be at the right place at the right time. It is also unrealistic to assume that an officer could stop someone when a gunman has weapons that can overpower what he or she is equipped with.
I don't think it would be healthy for young children to be exposed to armed guards on a daily basis. I understand that there are safety concerns in schools these days and that safety is a top priority for today's youth, but there are other ways to accomplish this. Instead, let's increase security in schools with alarm systems and locked doors throughout the day. These options can improve security without over exposing young children to harsh armed forces.
Placing armed guards in schools are ridiculously unrealistic. There are at least 100,000 schools in the United States, meaning about 150,000 guards will be placed. Meanwhile, there are at least 75 MILLION STUDENTS. Do people really think that by letting 150,000 people carrying a gun in educational institutions are going to stop the violence rampage in the country? This is not solving the "root" of the problem. You're cutting the end of the thread, but if the yarn keeps rolling, there's going to be more thread anyway; cutting it won't help. To solve the problem, you have to stop the yarn from rolling, meaning LEGALIZING GUN CONTROL. THAT will end gun violence. Placing armed guards in schools is a defensive strategy, not an offensive one. But when you CAN use an offensive strategy, why in the world would you choose the defensive? The answer to this problem is very clear: not placing armed guards in schools to end gun violence, but stop the selling of guns to every freaking person who walks into a gun shop.
I'd just like to add on to many of the answers already given here, which I also agree with. If a student is committing the crime, trust between the school and the students will go down hill when one of the guards misunderstands something and shoots a kid in the name of "safety." A harmless prank that just seems dangerous to an outsider could quickly be perceived as a threat in that fashion.