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Should there be armed security guards and teachers at every school?

  • To an extent.

    Not teachers, because some would possibly be extremely irresponsible with weapons in a classroom, which would cause problems hiring teachers. But armed security should be at every school. Shootings in which a very large number of people are killed or injured, usually occur in unarmed places, like schools. There may still be a death count, but if there is armed security the problem would be resolved quickly and hopefully efficiently. The culprit doesn't even have to be shot and killed, instead can be overtaken. It doesn't have to be airport tight, and armed security may even be a quite unnerving to students or staff, but mentally that is a small price to pay for overall security of children and staff.

  • Not an odd idea, it has merely been politicized

    We protect our most valuable asset. There are security guards at banks to protect the money. If you want to walk into a courthouse there will likely be a metal detector and police throughout the building. I believe that I will go uncontested when I say that children are our most important asset, but I figure I will say it anyways. So why not place protection in front of a building with hundreds of our beloved children? There will always be people who want to hurt others, so why leave the most vulnerable among us without any protection when they are densely congregated.

    If the argument is that it will place a stigma on the children and make them feel differently about school then let me address that two ways. First, there is security everywhere outside of school (stores, government buildings, police)--even the home can have a security system to protect from wrongdoers, so children are used to this. Second, it is only stigmatizing if you picture the security guard acting in a stoic and unapproachable way. Many security guards are very friendly, and if they act friendly with the children then I think there would be a bigger psychological effect from a mean teacher than a security guard.

    Second, if budget is the issue then our priorities are misaligned to a disgusting level. We have the money to protect a few judges at a courthouse, but not hundreds of children. Seems off to me.

    I think the idea has been politicized because those who oppose guns don't want the topic or solution to stray away from gun control. When a different solution is suggested, their support for anti-gun legislation is diluted (I am really not trying to get into that argument, but when you think about it in a non-partisan way, it makes sense.) As a result, many have pushed it off the table of options.

  • It stops events like columbine and sandy hook from happening

    A security guard would have to be highly trained but it wouldn't take away from police work outside of schools because this guard would be just for schools. They also would protect the school way better. It would take 3-5 minutes before police could show up but a security guard would always be there. This year a rule changed at a MIDDLE school near me. They are saying hide until an intruder gets inside your room when in attack him. I believe that that is a bad idea because 30 kids vs. A man with a gun. To keep it safe I believe we need a professional protecting the school rather than a bunch of students trying to fight. In general I believe having a security guard in the school would make the school a much safer place.

  • Yes: It Would Reduce Incidents and Casualties

    First off, it would make people think twice before taking action against schools in violent ways.

    Secondly, if someone did decide to be violent in a school, esp. With a gun, another gun could stop that much quicker than a 911 call.

    The teachers and/or security guards would need to be adequately trained just like the police are.

  • Better to have security than none.

    Would you let your child go to school with a broken fire alarm? Why not nip it in the bud right now, before it happens again. No, there is no guarantee that this will stop the shootings but I feel that if there are more guards the gunmen would think twice before doing their dirty deed. Or if they are dumb they will still do it and suffer the consequences.

  • Yeehaw yes very good

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  • Yes because this

    Is a very important issue and still is and it is a good idea because people need to feel protective at schools and this is very bad if people don't feel safe people need to feel safe at their own school that will be bad though very very bad and not good

  • Everyone will be safe!

    You have probably heard on the news that there are more and more school shootings in the United States of America. It is really scary, Especially that there is an actual gunman that carries a gun and starts killing people. With security guards that are especially armed, They will protect the school and the guards will get anyone that will threaten schoolchildren and the staff members in the school. More and more kids are getting injured and killed due to these incidents. Also, Teachers should be allowed to carry a gun just in case if there is no armed security guard to be there, The teacher can take the suspect down. Students and staff members will feel safer with security guards and teachers with a weapon to protect everyone. That is my reason why I think that there should be armed security guards and teachers at every school.

  • Make the place safe

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  • If by armed guards you mean local or state police stationed near a school for immediate action, Yes.

    Here is what we know summarized:

    A. Students, Teachers, And staff do not carry firearms.
    B. Barring a rare stroke of luck or incompetence, An armed person is required to stop an armed person.
    C. Many states, Schools, And organizations will never consent to the arming of teachers or staff.
    D. So long as someone can obtain a firearm, Through legal or illegal means, They will be able to commit a mass shooting.
    E. By knowledge of point D, We know that the shooter will likely plan and prioritize his attack to induce the most casualties. Ergo, He will eliminate the armed defender firsts by surprise to prevent them halting his or her attack.

    Solution: So long as staff cannot armed, Presumably because they cannot be trusted, Then we entrust that responsibility to someone we already trust to be armed and defend us.

    Problems we know this will entail:

    A. There is risk of such a policeman killing a student or staff in crossfire.
    B. There is risk of a policeman shooting a student or staff member in anger.
    C. The police may then be targeted.

    Why these problems are irrelevant:

    A. The risk of one or several getting in the crossfire is already present when police are called in to defend schools, And far outweighs the risk of a mass shooting where hundreds could die under a planned attack.
    B. We already trust police with firearms to defend us. Its worked quite well for most people so far, And we aren't getting rid of them any time soon.
    C. Better that one or two policemen take a bullet than ten or a hundred innocent schoolchildren. Police take the badge, They knew the risks when they signed up. Innocent kids are just kids. Plain and simple.

    Funny how everything becomes simpler when you break it down its core parts, Isn't it?

  • It's too much

    I understand the question but it might just be too much. If your saying that we have more of them at schools that need them, maybe that would work. Schools are layoff teachers and do not have money to fund anything. We would be trading teachers for security guards. Argh.

  • No, school should feel safe as well as BE safe.

    This is a tough question. In my opinion, if children come to school and there is armed security guards and armed teachers, they will feel like they are in a prison, not a school. School is supposed to be a safe place, like home. I understand the possible need for beefed up security, but we need to think about the children as well.

  • Not as safe as they used to be.

    After 9/11 happened, no one tried to ban airplanes that help more than x gallons of fuel, they just beefed up the airport security system and no one has ever successfully committed an attack on the 9/11 scale since. Why does it take so long for liberals to figure out the same thing will work for schools. Maybe not arm teachers if they don't have the training, but a few security guards at each school would end these massacres when the shooter realizes that he can't just kill people with no resistance.

  • No, it's not even possible.

    It's not possible to have armed security guards at every school, nor is it preferable or does it make very much sense. Even if it were possible, it is not financially feasible. And children have a right to attend school without school being a "police state". Also, even if there were armed guards, if someone decides to do harm, armed guards will not stop that from happening.

  • No, school should feel safe as well as BE safe.

    This is a tough question. In my opinion, if children come to school and there is armed security guards and armed teachers, they will feel like they are in a prison, not a school. School is supposed to be a safe place, like home. I understand the possible need for beefed up security, but we need to think about the children as well.

  • No, there should not be armed security guards and teachers at every school.

    Teachers are not capable of the responsibility of carrying a firearm at school. There are to many crazy teachers out there. Most teachers decided to enter teaching so that they only have to work nine months out of the year. Giving these lazy people a gun and telling them to stand guard is a bad idea.

  • Should not be armed guards - but should be teachers - in schools

    I find it ironic that a debate about schools should be promoted by a badly worded question.

    Of course there should be teachers at every school!

    There should not be armed security guards at every school.

    Only in the USA do people even consider having guards, armed or otherwise, at schools. Your society is sick, and in terminal decline.

    Ban all weapons from schools, including guards weapons. Ban security guards. Try being normal, like the rest of the world, rather than gun and security obsessed. Your obsession makes you less safe not safer.

  • Intimidated Young Students

    Little kids will have a harder time concentrating on their schoolwork because most of them will be frightened by the guards. I say we need a better future in helping kids and getting a better job in later years. We don't want kids to be intimidated and also good fortune.

  • Who wants a repeat of the Sandy hook shooting?

    No there shouldn't be guards. Guards are for castles, not schools. Besides, what is to stop someone doing it when no one is there. Guards can't stay awake forever. It would require more spending. And just what about drugs or alcohol? They may be tested, but what is to stop a weed iif they get bored.

  • The problem is, that there are guns.

    In Ireland there are very few, if any schools, that have security guards, let alone armed ones. There would be an easily climbable gate and security cameras at the entrance. Have we ever had a school shooting? No. We have the fourth lowest gun ownership rate in the EU, 4.3. Compared to 88.8 in the U.S. It makes complete sense. The solution is very simple. Get rid of all guns.


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