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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: Arm The Teachers

Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: Arm The Teachers

The Sandy Hook elementary school shooting has the nation mourning together. But politics has already reared its ugly head as some people have demanded further gun control measures based upon this tragedy, with the emphasis being toward an eventual gun ban. On the other end of the political spectrum you have Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who believes we should arm the teachers.

According to CBS, the known facts in this case, which may change as time progresses, are that 27 or more people have been murdered, including 18 defenseless children, in the Connecticut elementary school. The potential usage of semi-automatic weapons by the shooter has left many wondering if something more could not be done to make America more safe.

On one side you have Liberals and Progressives saying that most, if not all, types of guns should be outright banned to protect the children. On the other side you have Conservatives and the NRA claiming 2nd amendment rights means that gun ownership should never be restricted in any form. They also point out that gun ownership was just as high in America’s past yet school shootings are more recent, so we have a societal problem and not a gun problem.

In the middle you have moderates who desire that some form of gun reform take place instead of an outright gun ban. This writer thinks that a high level Department of Defense-style background check should be required of purchasers wanting assault weapons, with investigators looking for issues or mental illnesses with anyone who might have or get access to the weapons. Any assault weapon owners would be required to take any safety precautions recommended by investigators. Of course, this plan has drawbacks since who gets to decide what is considered a “mental illness” in the case of guns? Who defines what is considered an “assault” weapon? Will precautions be extended to make gun ownership almost pointless? Such laws have the potential for becoming an effective gun ban over time.

According to Gawker, Larry Pratt is the executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA) and he has a slightly different solution:

“Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones. The only thing accomplished by gun free zones is to insure that mass murderers can slay more before they are finally confronted by someone with a gun.”

Larry Pratt has been defending gun owners for 30 years, Gun Owners of America lobbying in Washington. GOA’s work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency. GOA’s efforts must be paying off since Michigan passed a law allowing concealed carry in schools, child-care centers, churches, and large entertainment venues.

Pratt’s idea to arm the teachers is popular on the internet. According to USA Today, in the past Republicans like Frank Lasee have attempted to get this idea accepted in America:

“To make our schools safe for our students to learn, all options should be on the table. Israel and Thailand have well-trained teachers carrying weapons and keeping their children safe from harm. It can work in Wisconsin.”

Some schools already have armed police assigned to watching the school grounds each day. This step would go one further, allowing the teachers to defend the students.

Do you agree that we should arm the teachers as a response to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut?

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16 Responses to “Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: Arm The Teachers”

  1. Megan Charles

    I think had they armed teachers and or had armed security in the schools this sort of thing could have been avoided or limited the death of innocent bystanders. I don't think the individual rights of law abiding citizens should be taken away because of those who chose to commit crimes. Just because a person owns a gun does not automatically mean it will every be used to commit a crime. And I've said this before….we have spree killings in other countries, they're called suicide bombers. If they want you dead, they'll find a way. You can't punish the many over the criminal actions of the few, who won't adhere to any law you place before them. Prayers.

  2. Holly Randell

    Megan, they have spree killings in other countries, yes. But here in Australia where guns are illegal? Hardly ever. We've coped without guns for years, as have many other countries and they're a lot safer for it. Handguns are acceptable -you can use them to arm yourself against burglars; but semi-automatics? There is NO REASON why you need to have one of them in your home. What if it gets stolen by a madman? Used in a fit of rage? At least with handguns, you only have a certain number of bullets, and you can't kill 20 people in 10 seconds. And if they had armed the teachers, what good would that have done? They had no warning whatsoever of the shooting. They just wouldn't of had time to react.

    40-45% of households in the U.S. contain a gun. This translates into a loaded gun in one in every ten households with children, and a gun that’s left unlocked and just “hidden away” in one in every eight family homes. Makes you think, doesn't it?

  3. Megan Charles

    I was raised in a house with shot guns, rifles, hand guns (single & semi auto), knives, bows, arrows, and knives in unlocked glass display cases. He was also a carpenter so we had nail guns, circular saws, and any other dangerous tool you can imagine. My redneck father made sure of two things: that we understood how to handle them and treated them as tool with respect. We would have never "accidentally" shot a fellow childhood chum in an accident playing around. We were raised to understand boundaries. When you are raised in a society and culture where it's very familiar, it is unsettling to suddenly have a government who wants to take away your sense of protection. Also I reference a story that brings to light the unfortunate truth that cops or help can't always be where you need them at a time when you are left with no other choice but to protect yourself (and in this case your newborn) from an intruder: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/young-mom-shoots-intruder-15293494.

  4. Megan Charles

    I was raised in a house with shot guns, rifles, hand guns (single & semi auto), bows, arrows, and knives in unlocked glass display cases. He was also a carpenter so we had nail guns, circular saws, and any other dangerous tool you can imagine. My redneck father made sure of two things: that we understood how to handle them and treated them as tool with respect. We would have never "accidentally" shot a fellow childhood chum in an accident playing around. We were raised to understand boundaries. When you are raised in a society and culture where it's very familiar, it is unsettling to suddenly have a government who wants to take away your sense of protection. Also I reference a story that brings to light the unfortunate truth that cops or help can't always be where you need them at a time when you are left with no other choice but to protect yourself (and in this case your newborn) from an intruder: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/young-mom-shoots-intruder-15293494.

  5. Megan Charles

    I was raised in a house with shot guns, rifles, hand guns (single & semi auto), bows, arrows, and knives in unlocked glass display cases. He (father) was also a carpenter so we had nail guns, circular saws, and any other dangerous tool you can imagine. My redneck father made sure of two things: that we understood how to handle them and treated them as tool with respect. We would have never "accidentally" shot a fellow childhood chum in an accident playing around. We were raised to understand boundaries. When you are raised in a society and culture where it's very familiar, it is unsettling to suddenly have a government who wants to take away your sense of protection. Also I reference a story that brings to light the unfortunate truth that cops or help can't always be where you need them at a time when you are left with no other choice but to protect yourself (and in this case your newborn) from an intruder: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/young-mom-shoots-intruder-15293494.

  6. Holly Randell

    I can understand where you're coming from. It would make me feel a bit nervous if the government took away my source of protection. I just think the US needs to regulate their guns. They need to keep better track of who they are selling them to, why the person needs them ETC. And to have a kind of 'waiting' period when buying especially dangerous weapons, so people can't buy them in a fit of rage. I have no problem with people wanting to protect themselves, they just need to be aware of the dangers of having guns around. If there isn't already, there should be a law to tell the local authorities (confidentially, of course) if your firearm is stolen, as about 55-65% of shootings are performed with stolen guns. It's not the gun, it's the person behind it really.

    And the media hypes it up. I believe Morgan Freeman said earlier today that, I quote, "Disturbed
    people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody."

  7. David Knowles

    An if one of those teachers have a mental break down and start shooting up the place. In Israel almost everyone has extensive military training lasting a couple of years, which is why they get a way with there policy, in fact it seems countries that get away with lax gun laws are those in which it citizens have undergone extensive military training. Which could easily be made a requirement under US constitution that gone own undergo extensive training courses, after all the constitution does say well regulated militias, at the moment there very little or no regulations. Of cause having teachers armed could just mean they get themselves kill playing rambo and hand the gunmen another weapon and more ammo to carry on his killing spree. An why they off playing rambo, the kids panic and run out of their classrooms/hiding place, making the gunmen targets easier to shoot.

  8. David Knowles

    An if one of those teachers have a mental break down and start shooting up the place. In Israel almost everyone has extensive military training lasting a couple of years, which is why they get a way with there policy, in fact it seems countries that get away with lax gun laws are those in which it citizens have undergone extensive military training. Which could easily be made a requirement under US constitution that gun owner undergo extensive training courses, after all the constitution does say well regulated militias, at the moment there very little or no regulation. Of cause having teachers armed could just mean they get themselves killed playing rambo and hand the gunmen another weapon and more ammo to carry on his killing spree. An why they off playing rambo, the kids panic and run out of their classrooms/hiding place, making the gunmen targets easier to shoot.

  9. Dennis Gutknecht

    You do understand there are semi-automatic handguns, don't you? And tell me, exactly what impact did your nations strict gun control legislation have on your violent crime rate? None. Your own Bureau of Criminology found no correlation between your gun control measures and the violent crime rate. Mass shootings, while horrible, also make up an exceptionally small percentage of all violent crime. When balanced with the number of times people use firearms to defend themselves, it becomes clear that gun bans are not only ineffective, but directly counter productive.

  10. Rodney Keyser

    This will work in America and if people think gun control will stop the killings, ask people in country's where there is a ban on weapons.

  11. Poppy Potts

    well my gosh, lets get stupid. Of course anyone charged with carrying the gun to protect the school would for sure require qualifications. Is that beyond your understanding David.? Protecting yourself with a firearm is not playing anything especially rambo. It is a real and workable way to provide protection to the kids and the only way you will for sure be able to provide it.

  12. Poppy Potts

    Dennis Gutknecht the comments here are from people that obviously don't think things thru. the girl says they have done without guns for years in australia then in the next sentence, says you can however have all kinds of pistols. stupid, stupid stupid.