Arming teachers? Andrew Milton, who teaches eighth-grade English teacher at Pioneer Middle School in DuPont, doesn’t like the idea:
Rep. Liz Pike from Camas has expressed her intent to offer a bill that would allow teachers carry concealed weapons in the classroom. In general, such a law is a bad idea because it’s such a knee-jerk reaction to the recent school shooting, and, as is often the case, the knee-jerk overrides wisdom.
No gun violence has ever occurred without a gun present. Introducing more guns (even if legally so) raises the prospect of gun activity. And it’s way too easy to imagine scenarios where a legally introduced gun ends up creating difficulties where an absence of guns would have created no such difficulty.
For instance, one likes to imagine that an adult with a gun could have made a very different at Sandy Hook. But that situation is a real outlier. According to http://www.stoptheshootings.org/, in the last 20 years there have been 386 shooting events at schools (and universities) in the US. This includes interpersonal disputes that happened to play out at a school, accidental shootings, suicides at school, shootings near schools and events without fatalities. Suicides are more frequent than Sandy Hooks and Columbines. (The web site even lists as an episode a prematurely born baby dying at a hospital near a school–no gun even mentioned. In other words, the number 386 is counting episodes very different from Sandy Hook.)
The tragedy of Sandy Hook notwithstanding, the day to day reality of school is much more complicated. And day to day, the presence of guns creates risks that wouldn’t be there without guns.
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