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.
Students and staff will feel more comfortable in a safe learning environment and since there are guards, any attackers will feel discouraged because they know there are guards at schools. Also, safety is the number one priority in school because if you aren't safe, you can't learn and you will be able to concentrate. You won't be happy with your surroundings and you will feel uncomfortable.
According to The New York Times, after the shooting, people have been taking a stand agreeing to have armed guards at schools. Jeong Kim articulates , “Armed guards in school would make students feel safer...Once I was walking alone on the street at night, and I was so nervous. Then I encountered two police officers...I was feeling much safer than before.” The quote is explicating how a person changed his or hers feelings in a snap when they notice they are protected and secure. If we have armed guards at school, children who are nervous or scared can change their feeling rapidly when they feel protected.
It think if the teachers and/or guards are armed, screened, and trained properly, they will be able to better protect our kids. Look at all the school shootings and bombings thus far. If there were measures in place to defend the school ,the outcome would have been drastically different. I think if specific laws and guidelines are in place, this would be a very positive and necessary idea.
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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/
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.
If we were to have armed guards in schools, the students would feel very uncomfortable being around adults that could go crazy just as fast as any kid. If we have people coming back from war, seeing people die can mess you up, and that could make them go crazy and kill a bunch of people. Plus if people really had their killing spree palnned out they could easily take out a guard or two.
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.