Nobody says, you know what, we need more countries to have nuclear weapons, that would keep the world safer. No, the world says the opposite and is trying to dispose of what nuclear weapons we have.
Where would I keep the gun, in a holster on my side? I couldn’t keep it in my desk or my filing cabinet, neither of which have a lock. Is the district going to pay for a lock? They won’t pay for copier paper. Will I have to carry the gun wherever I go? What happens if the school is invaded when I am in a meeting or at lunch? Or are we going to strategically place guns all over the school in glass boxes that say, break in case of gunman?
Statistics say people are more likely to shoot themselves or a family member or a friend if they have a gun rather than an assailant or an intruder. What’s going to happen when a teacher drops a gun and takes out little Suzie’s eye? Or what’s going to happen when a teacher feels threatened by a student. I don’t know one veteran teacher who couldn’t tell a story about how one time this kid did this or this kid did that.
Or what’s going to happen when a student steals a gun from a teacher, who is overworked, stressed and who has a million things going on all at the same moment? I know three teachers at my school who have had their cell phones stolen this year alone. Two years ago I had a projector stolen and it would only take one gun in the wrong kid’s hands to have another tragedy. Then I think it is just a bad idea to put guns in close proximity to students some of whom I would check my calendar and then get two sources if they told me today was Tuesday.
How many art teachers and music teachers are districts going to have to cut to pay for more security. Are we going to turn schools into fortresses to protect somebody’s right to own semi automatic weapons with 30 shot or more clips, something our founding fathers couldn’t have envisioned?
Gun control is not the end of the story, we also need mental health counseling and wrap around services (see my lack of copier paper to know how optimist I am that is going to happen) but gun control is a huge part of the solution.
The tragedy in Connecticut was bound to happen and it will happen again unless we do something, however the one thing we shouldn’t do is to put more guns in schools.