|A Pace Odyssey||
Imagine yourself as a teacher in class one day and out of nowhere, a gut-wrenching scream is heard and then a gunshot echoes throughout the halls. Who is his next target? You. Immediately, you tell your students to go to the “safe area” in the room, lock the door, and run for safe containing a government-issued 9mm pistol. The shooter was prepared for this day though and had made copies of every key to every room inside of the school. In a panic, the combination slips your mind and everyone in the room, including you, dies. In today’s world, school shootings have become common, so common in fact that legislation to arm teaching staff with firearms has been debated upon many times. Across the country, schools are preparing to face this threat of school shooters, but many are unsure of how to deal with them. Many ideas have been tossed around, but the idea of arming teachers comes up again and again.
I believe that to give teachers firearms would produce more harm than good and would do nothing to deter someone from committing mass murder. Everyone has a mental breaking point, no matter who it is. Now put a gun in the hands of a student or an instructor who has snapped and what do you have? Regret and pain. By putting a lethal weapon within reach inside of a classroom, the likelihood of death is increased dramatically. Some would say that we could eliminate the previous problem by putting the gun into a safe. That would create another issue while not even solving the last one. The new matter in question would be what I brought up in the story. What good would a gun in a locked safe be in a time of crisis? I wish I could offer a single solution to this issue, but much like how there is more than one way to eat an apple, there is more than one way to shoot up a school.
So, what are your opinions? Should we put guns in the hands of teachers or leave it to the professionals? Or is the a middle ground? What would you do to curve the school and other mass shootings? Tell us in the comments below. Like and subscribe to the Church of Jazzus Crackers too.