• I would feel safer...

    Do I believe that every teacher in every school should be given a gun tomorrow? No. I believe that teachers who have shown a strong commitment to teaching and have shown themselves to be mentally sane and have received the proper firearms training should be allowed to carry pistols on them in school. When it comes down to it, someone outside of a school with a gun is going to find their way in, and law enforcement can't be trusted to show up in time to prevent a massacre. I currently attend high school and I know that I would personally feel safer if my teachers were properly trained and carrying guns.

  • In Some Cases...

    In schools where dangerous situations are likely to occur, I believe that it would be right to arm teachers. If teachers were armed in schools located in "rough" areas where crime is prevalent, they would be able to protect themselves and students from intruders, dramatically lowering chances of tragedy. In addition, armed teachers would be better protected against any dangers students might try to inflict on others - in school shootings would be even less likely to occur, and kids would be safer. However, this would only work if responsible teachers with proper training were armed. Don't give a weapon to every teacher; just to teachers who would not misuse them. If every teacher had access to weapons during school, then other tragedies could occur. This is what schools would have to be careful about; choosing which teachers, if any, should be armed in the schools.

  • Effectiveness of response

    The average response time of a police call is 28minutes, the average respnse of a handgun is 1750fps. What would you rather have protecting your children? I think a few teachers being armed in a school, after intense background checks, and sanity test would help the safety of our children in the public school system

  • I would feel way more protected.

    I am an eighth grader and I always feel insecure and unprotected. When the shooting at Sandy Hook happened, my grades dropped a considerable amount because I kept having scenarios pop up in my head and I couldn't concentrate. If my teachers were armed, it would make school feel safer. I mean, looking at the teachers that schools hire today, do you really think that they would intentionally harm a student? I mean, sure, they pick on the students but that doesn't mean that they would want to kill us.

  • If they so choose, receive specialized training, then sure.

    Why not?

    The last line of defense that we can have for our kids is an armed person willing and ready to defend them if the unspeakable happens. I am way more comfortable with the image of a teacher holding a glock, protecting her class than I am with that same teacher cowering in a broom closet, waiting to die a la Sandy Hook.

    Perhaps that was a rude image to bring about, but Im serious - I'm sick and tired of people lacking the tools or permission to mount a credible challenge to maniacs.

  • Faster response time

    First and foremost, not all teachers would need to carry guns, just those who wish to carry a weapon and it doesn't even have to be a gun that shoots bullets, instead a stun gun ( tazzer) would suffice. How long does it take for a police officer to get to the building? Or even swat? Too long, teachers are almost always one of the victims in school shootings.

  • Dont arm teachers

    In a class discussion we were talking about what would happen if a student got their hands on one of the teacher's guns. We said that it could potentially cause havoc and it may lead to death or serious injury. I would also not feel safe knowing that there could be a gun in my classroom.

    Another reason I think we shouldn’t arm teachers is because according to MSNBC in Utah, before school hours a gun trained teacher was using a restroom when her gun went off and shot her leg.

  • I want to be safe in school

    As a high school student I believe the best way to deter and neutralize school shooters is to allow teachers the ability to conceal carry a handgun. People wishing to attack a soft target (schools) wouldn't know if the next teacher he or she sees is armed and willing to use it to protect their students. My sophomore and junior English teacher said she would do everything in her power to protect us if some one walked in with a firearm looking to kill us. It takes around 5 minutes for police to get to my school, 10 if theirs traffic. But if there is a teacher in the building willing to protect us then the threat could be neutralized before the cops even get here.

  • Totally i would feel a lot safer

    Teachers should be armed because if a school shooter got in they can possibly disarm the shooter, and they could threaten the shooter and have someone call the police, and if the shooter isn't disarmed or threatened kids should get hand to hand combat so that if the teacher is harmed we all can attack the shooter.

  • Look at Texas

    Texas has had no school shootings in the past decade. There is a good reason for that. If a shooter goes into a school in Texas, they know they will get shot. It's the fear of consequence principle. If schools were armed, less shootings would happen. Or, if not, shootings would have less casualties.

  • Teachers don't want this either.

    It is not a teacher's job to be armed security personnel. It is also a massive EXTRA danger in the schools- if every teacher has a weapon in the classroom, a student is far more likely to be able to get a hold of said weapon. What you'll get is an INCREASE in school shootings.

    Teachers do not WANT to be armed- they want to do their job, which is to educate. For the record, they don't appreciate that parents expect them to raise and babysit their kids either.

    Never mind the fact that school shootings are so rare that it averages to one per school every 6000 years.

  • Not a good idea

    Children can be easily influenced and have on many occasions shown violence on a terrible scale, however we can't pretend that teachers are not also prone to this. I have heard of old teachers at my school who have made wrong decisions worse than the students. Also, teachers are not prepared to use firearms and having it at the school in the first place is asking for trouble. Anyone can have the potential to go over the deep end and cause chaos, and putting guns IN schools is certainly a bad decision.

  • Dont fight fire with fire

    If one makes weapons a common sight the students may get used to it, making them want to carry weapons themselves. The Americans should not get more people armed with guns, seen as the US had almost 13.000 people killed by handguns in 2011, witch is 80% of the murders in 201. Teachers that are carrying guns could signal that the school is a dangerous place for children. Although there have been some examples of shooting episodes, we must not forget that the US is a country almost as big as Europe

  • We don't need to

    Arming teachers won't solve any of our problems. People are scared that someone is going to come into their school and shoot them, so what seems like a rational solution? Put more guns in the school. With an avid surplus of weapons in the school if this is legalized it will be easier for a criminal to get a weapon and use it without having to bring on to school. It'll just make the situation worse.

  • No. No. No.

    Of course not, there mat be students that may get curious and try to get the gun.Teachers aren't reliable. 72.4% of teachers would not likely bring a firearm to school, even if they were allowed. 91% of studenrs feel safe.This is why no firearms should be kept by teachers. No.

  • Teachers are not Soldiers

    No, teachers should not be armed. Yes, there are new stories of children killing teachers and other students in schools, but this is not the norm. We also see teachers harm students, so should the students be armed? Security should be improved in schools and rules and regulations should be enforced, but to arm teachers would be bring undue issues on school grounds. Not to mention, what if one of student got to the teacher's weapon?

  • More guns means more shootings.

    I am assuming that the OP was referring to arming teachers in America which I still think is a bad idea but for most of the world it is working fine. America finds it in a strange position with the prevelence of gun ownership at virtually all levels of society and if that wasnt the case teachers wouldnt have any reason at all to be armed but that being the case I still disagree. More guns means more shootings full stop. Having guns in school means people have access to guns around children and that is not a risk anyone should be taking.

    Teachers shouldnt be armed the solution to school shootings is better gun regulations and better education across other sectors.

  • Just for sure no

    This is just something that we don't need at all. Most of these teachers don't want anymore guns, the students will feel more unsafe than they already are because of these shootings, and most people that actually want to arm these teachers aren't even teachers at all. This is just something that we don't need at all.

  • This is a bad idea

    According to NYPD, professionals were only able to shoot their targets 18 percent of the time when the targets weren't shooting back and even less when they were. If professionals are only able to hit their targets 18% of the time, then teachers will have an even less chance to hit the shooters.

    Another reason is the fact that teachers don't want to be armed. I've asked 16 teachers if they think that teachers should be armed and all of them said that they would feel uncomfortable if they had the responsibility of trying to shoot intruders as well as teaching their students.

    Lastly, I think that arming teachers would put everybody at a greater risk. Teaches would just as likely shoot the students as the actual intruders. Also, if a student got mad at the teacher they could easily wrestle the gun out of the teachers hand and shoot the teacher and students.

    I understand that other people may argue that teachers should be armed, and I realize that their opinion is still a reasonable one, but please take into consideration what I have said and think about what it really means to arm teachers.

    As I wrap this letter up I feel that I have said all I have to say. I may only be 11 but, students are the ones you should ask when trying to decide on a matter like this one.

    I hope this letter encourages you to think about arming teachers and what a serious matter it really is.

  • Dont arm teachers

    In a class discussion we were talking about what would happen if a student got their hands on one of the teacher's guns. We said that it could potentially cause havoc and it may lead to death or serious injury. I would also not feel safe knowing that there could be a gun in my classroom.

    Another reason I think we shouldn’t arm teachers is because according to MSNBC in Utah, before school hours a gun trained teacher was using a restroom when her gun went off and shot her leg.

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