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Arm The Teachers: Gun Control Petition Finds Its Political Opposite

Arm The Teachers: Gun Control Petition Finds Its Political Opposite

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has led the nation to launch into an increasingly bitter argument over gun control laws. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, this has led to a White House petition that demands lawmakers meet “for a bipartisan discussion resulting in a set of laws that regulates how a citizen obtains a gun.” Some have suggested moderate gun reform and others like Obama are pushing for outright gun bans. A new White House petition is saying that the United States should arm the teachers as a solution to school shootings.

According to the White House website, the signers of the document are petitioning the Obama administration to put:

A gun in every classroom. Arm every teacher and principal to defend themselves and their students during an attack.

If teachers and principals are armed and trained to defend themselves during a school attack there would be fewer casualties and less attempts to attack schools.

Fact: Crime rates decrease when the people are better armed.

It is time we gave our teachers the ability to defend themselves and stop pretending like a door buzzer is enough of a defense. Take a stand for school safety. Arm the teachers and principals today. A gun in every classroom will protect our students from massacres like the one in CT today.

Petitions started on WhiteHouse.gov need a total of 25,000 signatures to elicit an official response from the Obama Administration. The gun control petition blew past 100,000 signers fairly quickly. Other efforts like the Texas Secession met the mark within days after the results of the November Presidential elections. This idea to arm the teachers is not so popular, with only 2,241 signers as of this writing. Although the difference may lie in the media publicity the gun control petition has been receiving.

Arming the teachers with guns is not without precedent. According to Backwoods Home Magazine, Israel began a program of armed citizen guards in their schools after the Maalot massacre in the 1970s, when a large number of children were slain in a terrorist incident. Even with all the violence caused by Hamas and other Muslim terrorist groups, supposedly since this program was enacted Israel has not seen a single child murdered in an Israeli school. In fact, in 2002 one of these citizen guards shot down an attempt at a school shooting.

The citizen guards are not a privatized force operated by a company. Parents volunteer to serve in plain clothes and are trained by Israel’s home guard in how to properly handle concealed semi-automatic pistols. Israel loudly trumpeted the fact that the civilian volunteer guards, indistinguishable from the regular teaching and administrative staff, would be in place. This publicity serves as an effective deterrent to would-be school shooters.

Do you think the United States should arm the teachers as the petition requests or that we should form a school guard system like what operates currently in Israel?

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97 Responses to “Arm The Teachers: Gun Control Petition Finds Its Political Opposite”

  1. Megan Charles

    Again, I agree. Arms the teachers, don't take gun rights away from average citizens who didn't/haven't/likely won't break the law & want the right to continue protecting themselves.

  2. Shelly Valladolid

    The teacher had a gun. Her son used it to kill her, like many gun owners, she was killed with her own gun. If she'd kept her weapons in a gun safe that only she had the key or combination to, this may have been prevented.

  3. Dennis Gutknecht

    No, leaving teachers only the option of "suicide charge" as a means of defending their students is a joke.

  4. James E. Chandler

    Don't make it mandatory. A person that is not comfortable with a gun will be more dangerous than helpful. Train teachers that are willing. Train them well, and often. Take down the gun free zone signs. They are worthless. These shootings started when gun free zones were started. This gives a crazy a place they can go and commit their horrible act and not be harmed until they are done. It protects the crazy, not the children. One armed teacher in that school could have saved many lives. The shooter was inexperienced and untrained. He succeeded because there was NO opposition. Another stupid govt. law that puts our children at risk.

  5. Charles Oody

    Possibly a good solution,people would definitely.think twice about invading if the chances of getting shot are much greater.I think Israel has got the right idea we should probably follow suit.think about it,who is the master mind there.

  6. Tina Martin

    Please train and arm the teachers….if they had been armed during this unimaginable time…that S.O.B. would have had his head blown off after the first shot…maybe before the first. We need to stop being victims. If this was not a wake up call that when we are defenseless we are as good as dead….the criminals will get guns whether they are legal or not…they don't have a problem getting illegal drugs. God Bless the families of these murdered children and the teachers. I pray that the families will find strength and guidance through God. Rest in Peace sweet babies and heroic teachers. I know you are with God and our hearts are broken. Training and guns for the teachers.

  7. Lirio Labson

    SECURITY GUARDS should be PLACED IN SCHOOL & guns in the hands of teachers a last resort

  8. Adam Gedge

    Getting guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals is probably a wiser solution.

  9. Tracy Collett-Hougland

    I would have no problems with the teachers carrying guns to protect my children, I would just hope they were taught correctly on how to use and carry the guns, and used the small guns the kids didn't notice.

  10. Rosalie Huffington Means

    Personally I believe they should have a scanner which the all should have to go through. That way no one will be killed and the kids will be safe from all weapons. Such as knives pistols and anything else that would cause a death. If they would allow guns in the school it should be carried by police or someone that has been trained.

  11. Darcy Morrison

    Israel has parents who carry guns, and teachers who have served in the military and are trained with guns. I say defend our kids!!!

  12. Valerie Nelson

    What am I supposed to do in a classroom? Carry my gun at all times in case someone enters the room? I can't leave it in the desk. The desk would have to be locked to keep the kids away from the gun so in an emergency I'd need to unlock the desk, put the bullets in… So I need a holster. But I'm a substitute teacher! I have enough trouble just getting a key to open my classroom. Can you see me signing in in the morning: here's your ID, your rosters, your lesson plans, your gun, your bullets…

  13. Nicole Riley

    I agree with you on this. I believe having security guards at the school would be a better idea than letting the teachers carry guns.

  14. Lirio Labson

    SECURITY GUARDS should be placed in schools, malls should have security at all entrances screening all that walks in.

  15. Barbara Schaaf-Koschel

    Please Meagan Charles say this as loudly and to as many people as you can and I will do the same. Untill we the people have the nessessary outlets to help our family members that have the various mental health issues that add to the problems- yes we should all be armed, And where else do the criminal components go to commit there deeds> None other than a gun free zone. Why are people so shocked? I just don't know.

  16. Tracy Wheeler

    You will NEVER get the guns out of the hands of criminals. That is the problem. Take them away from the law abiding citizens and ONLY criminals will have guns!

  17. Darcy Morrison

    If her son had known that the teachers or guards had guns at the school he may have thought twice about going there. And if he did in that situation he would have been dead before he could kill so many innocent people.

  18. Darcy Morrison

    Then in your case, a guard. In Israel the teachers have m 16s on there backs! Those kids wouldn't have all been dead!!!

  19. Jason McCausland

    What if a teacher becomes mentally insane? Well they've got a gun right there in the class room to help them! And not to mention the amount of extra work to keep those guns out of the hands of students, have people lost their minds? Just ban assault rifles and semi-auto hand guns so we can get on with our lives.

  20. Melody Flame Howe-Goff

    Here at home, a law passed late Thursday by Michigan legislators to allow trained gun owners to carry weapons in places such as schools, bars, churches, day care centers and stadiums. The law also includes a provision that gun owners would have to fulfill extra training requirements before carrying weapons. W/the Alabama Hospital Shooting yesterday, that left 3 dead, an Employee, Armed Police Officer, shot and killed the shooter. The idea of a couple armed officers wouldn't be such a bad idea. W/the officer in place, taking down the shooter, it could have been much worse. Now, I'm not talking about Assault Rifles, ie, what my Daughter carries in the Army or in the photo. I'm talking about normal everyday guns that Police Officers carry w/them through out the day.

  21. Jason McCausland

    No it's not a joke. We should arm all teachers so that when one of the teachers goes insane they have a gun right there to shoot all their students with.

  22. Melody Flame Howe-Goff

    If 1st grade Teacher, Victoria Soto had been armed, instead of her telling the shooter the kids were in the gym, she could have taken him down the minute he put one foot into the classroom. I feel she would be alive today. If I was in that type of position, or any position, I would have no problem taking someone out in order to protect my 2 children and my gr'daughter. No 2nd thoughts about it.

  23. Jason McCausland

    Good idea! Arm all the teachers so that if a teacher goes insane they have a gun right there to shoot all their students with! Smart thinking! Teachers are people and people never go insane. Love the logic!

  24. Rachel McMillan Koch

    http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/jobopportunities/a/troopstoteacher.htm There have been many ex military people who have become teachers. They have been trained to protect they know how to use guns and also fight hand to hand. There are plenty of great teachers out there like Victoria Soto who gave her life to save her students. We all want our children to be safe at home, school, the park or anywhere they go. If more ex military become teachers they could help train the other teachers and have the knowledge and ability to protect our children.

  25. Jason McCausland

    Exactly Valerie. It's not a realistic solution. Why let those that don't live in reality decide the solution? I can see the headlines now. Teacher goes insane, shoots all their students. And it was easy because they had a gun right there in the classroom. What do we do now? Arm all the students? Seriously people, get a grip and use your brains.

  26. Jeff Vernon

    Arming teachers with military style weapons? The worst idea in the history of the world. Amercia and it's sick infatuation with guns and weapons. Enough BS…strict gun control on all military style, semi-automatic high powered weapons immediately. In the wake of 18 dead children, more guns is not the answer. Anyone who honestly thinks otherwise is a complete imbecile in my opinion.

  27. Penni Stockman Bauerschmidt

    Why do you seem to think that teachers are mentally insane? Is it what we go through on a daily basis to try and create a better place with no appreciation and thanks from you that makes us insane?

  28. Peter Faur

    So then are we going to arm hotel bell men, washroom attendants, fast food workers, librarians, and on and on? Not a country I want to live in. That's madness.

  29. Melinda Forgette

    Look at Mexico, only the criminals have the guns because they have been banned. Look at China, the same day this gun attack occurred here a man in China killed almost as many with a knife. Prohibition only led to mass amounts of money going into the organized crime segment. Anytime you ban something it only creates a black market.

  30. Jason McCausland

    Teachers are people. People can go insane. Therefore Teachers can go insane. If you are feeling a lack of appreciation and it's making you angry, please get help.

  31. Sally Nogg

    It is interesting that many of the same people who are screaming to arm teachers are the SAME folk who a few weeks ago called us incompetent and thought we were overpaid babysitter… just sayin

  32. Rick Couch

    Jason also don't call the cops that may go insane on the way and shoot everyone too.

  33. Joy Jeanette Lienau-Armstrong

    Adam Gedge: I would like to know where you reside because it is certainly not in the real world. In your world, everyone follows the rules and obeys the law. Great! I want to live there with all my friends and family!

  34. Gloria Turner-Burnside

    I totally agree that they should be trained and armed now, if they had have been he wouldn't had made it past the office.
    It is sad that the world has come to this, but we have to face reality, this just keeps getting worse and worse and its time now that we all prepare ourselves for the worst, because unfortunetly its not going to get any better!

  35. Alan Thomas

    Really? Then why have all the school shootings happened in Blue (democratic) states? Says something for you dumbass democraps…

  36. Ricardo E. Oquendo

    Sure, arm the teachers until it is the teacher that goes crazy and kills her students or her colleagues because he/she is having a bad day. Then, I get it, the solution is to arm the students so that when the teacher begins shooting the students can shoot back…..yea yea, that's it that's it. Very sensible and rationale. Why didn't I think of it myself.

  37. James F Wilcox Sr.

    Yeah… I question the sanity of Some of MY teachers growing up! LOL

  38. Toby Yates

    If the police @ Empire State Building could not avoid shooting a dozen passersbys what makes these morons think t

  39. Marco Echeverria

    then what will happen when a crazy teacher shoots his students …will youl ask for sending our kids armed to the school?…

  40. John Eberle

    Yes indeed, it is an insane idea. How many teachers do we have across the country? And what is the probability (with no disrespect to educators) that there is a teacher somewhere with a mental illness? They could be a great science, history, english… teacher, but is it worth the chance? Why provide a gun that might possibly be used on innocent people?!?

  41. Deborah Stuart

    We need to teach through our Law enforcement Nonviolent intervention that most Mental Health professionals have learned! It usually allows the teacher to de-escalate a situation prior to further intensive interventions. There is not much you can do with someone wielding a shotgun, but perhaps getting the child/young adult the help they require before this occurs will save everyone's life later on. It is a hard decision to make, but parents have to realize putting their child/young adult in a mental health facility may be the best option they have until they are stabilized with medication. Any weapons need to be removed from the home, etc. There are so many set-offs for a disturbed person at home, easy access to cable, internet, cell phones, etc. The same motivators for NA/AA can be utilized to help the person to get assistance. Removing the people, places, things that instigate violent behavior need to be implemented when we/educators recognize the signs.

  42. Wes Milliken

    I agree! The sad truth is, is that unless one is psychic, you simply cannot predict where the next shooting will be. And arming teachers is a bad idea- too many things could go wrong. Which means the gun would have to be locked up, which kinda defeats the whole purpose lol.

  43. Lloyd Herford

    What if the teacher went through Peace Officer training and was an aux. deputy for the county they where a teacher? I have taught for over 20 years and I know which way I would be headed if I hear shots at school; along with several other teachers at my school. Giving certain teachers the tools to slow or misdirect an attack even if its less than lethal means (bean bag bullets) would go a long way. We have to have a better plan than just hiding in the corner.

  44. Kim Merryman Brown

    Adam you are kidding right! you have a gun in your house? Well I will not be a victim in this world of evil I will keep all my guns and you will take them from my cold dead hand only. Any one who is not comfortable with a gun can be trained to get comfortable with one . As in the military they will have to go thru physiological exams every several months or so. If they don't pass they don't keep guns.

  45. Kim Merryman Brown

    Glad its just your opinion. You live in a free world because of people willing to give their lives for this country who all used guns. People like you should go live in a place where gun control is enforced and so is your speech you will be unable to say what you want. I love my country and my freedom .

  46. Leonard Telford

    What, you mean like Britain, where we have virtually no gun crime? And free speech? And one of the most free and tolerant societies in the Western world? I can walk out into the street and know that someone won't try to blow my head off with a bullet. I can stand on a soapbox in the middle of London, and the worse that will happen is that the police will move me on. The US has 6 times more homicides than the UK per 100,000. The last time we had a mass shooting was more than 16 years ago. The US has had two internationally reported mass murders in the past year. Yet it still hasn't learned that free and easy access to guns might be a dangerous thing.

  47. Pete Owens

    HAS THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE USA GONE INSANE? Does this picture really reflect what we want to see in our schools? Armed parents, teachers, and ultimately hired guns roaming our school hallways. Has everyone gone fucking crazy..

  48. Andrea Reese

    Absolutely not. Teachers should not be permitted to carry guns into the school, just as students are not permitted. Creating a culture that packs guns is not the answer.

  49. Scott Gordon

    Seriously, is the idea of a crazy teacher any different than the idea of a crazy cop? Why in the world, then, do we allow cops to have guns?

  50. Christine Hicks

    I would rather have my kids principle armed with a gun to protect them, in case another guy with "mental problems" would decide to come to their elem. school. I support this now more than ever…I know my kids principle and teachers would try their best to protect the students to the fullest, but I would rather them put a bullet between the eyes of the psycho trying to hurt them before anyone of the students or faculty got hurt.

  51. Christine Hicks

    Marco Echeverria What will we do if a crazy cop shoots innocent people or a soldier comes home and kills his family? Will we get rid of the police dept. and stop training our soldiers?

  52. Carolyn Lacey

    Im afraid that by giving teachers guns for the classrooms will cause more problems, what if a child was to get the gun and shoots someone. No guns should be allowed in the classroom around childrens but maybe in the principal's office and other areas.

  53. Carolyn Lacey

    semi-automatic high power weapons are not the only guns that kill, so why put a ban on them. He could have used any kind of gun to shoot at our children. Gun control will never stop this from happening, as we all know we can get anything we need from the streets (black market).

  54. Carolyn Lacey

    I agree! kind of hard to protect the kids and at the same time try to open a locked cabinet.

  55. Carolyn Lacey

    Correctly said, now that's good thinking. Security gurads with guns.

  56. Jeff Vernon

    All good opinions…however, more control is on the way – happily. Even a longtime member of the NRA is now saying that military style weapons that fire off fast and large rounds are not needed by civilians – they belong on a battlefield, not a livingroom. Cheers!

  57. Garry D Sipos

    Isreal's armed teacher have prevented tis from happening. 10 deaths in 10 years. America,328 deaths in 10 years!!!

  58. Richard Tanguay

    Alan Thomas You Americans, are going crazy with guns! You're going to kill more people with this weird idea of arming teachers! You should take exemple on Canada, who has a gun control system: 6 times less people killed by firearm!

  59. Kathie Skinner-Hord

    Kathie Skinner-Hord Pete you are a Pin Head as O'Rilly would say. It is Ass holes like you that are total out of touch with reality. You probably would like to see O as a dictator and have the government tell you when to eat what to eat and when and if you get medical care. Who is John Yalta? When people like you get control and punish the people of minds and the creators the minds of the world should leave you people to your selves. Bet you would not have a year. You are the ass hole that needs wake up. Taking our freedoms is killing the original America (people like you) are killing us. When everything is government controlled and everyone wants handouts and no interest to EARN a living have fun. How dare you. I bet you want something or everything for nothing. You sir are part of the problem in the world not the cure. If any wants to kill he will find a gun of find a way. Jeffry Domor eat his victims. Drunk ads holes kill and crush and burn their victims but you could care less.

  60. Why Relay

    Jason McCausland
    While I agree that just putting a gun in the hands of a teacher might give them the opportunity to shoot a whole lot of kids, it raises the question then why aren't they doing that right now. They have ample opportunity to. Most do not have to go thru a metal detector t get on campus.

    One more question, if the teacher was to go nuts with a gun and start shooting kids, wouldn't it be better to have somebody there who could stop the threat so that the teacher would not be able to kill more?

  61. Why Relay

    While putting an armed seurity gaurd on a campus sounds good and probably is a good idea, it is also very expensive. While arming our teachers could also prove to be very dangerous it is still a good idea to give them the ability to protect our children.

    Heres our plan. Put a gun Vault in every Classroom mounted to a desk, accessible only via Bio Metric locking technology system. These systems will allow access only to inviduals if their fingerprints match the systems allowed access list.
    The gun vault will keep the firearm out of site of the students and unless they were told by a parent or other adult, the student would not even be aware of the firearms presence. This ensure that no student would be exposed to a gun at school.
    By keeping the firearm at the school in this manner, it would also allow school district to continue the moritoriam on theachers bringing a firearm to school. This also would eliminate the concern that a teachers gun could be unsafley stored or handled leading to an unsafe discharge of the firearm.
    The gun vault will also be armed will several safty feature including a tracking device, and a silent alrm that will trigger if the safe is opened for any purpose. Upon the opening of the gunvault, the silent alarm will notify the nearest law enforcment agency tasked with the protection of the school. This alrm shall be treated as if an active shooting incident is occuring.
    The alarm will also notify the school board, the principle , the vice principle and notify all of the teachers on campus that a shooting incident is occuring. This will allow the teachers to respond according to the designated emergency plan as instituted by the school distirct.

    Training
    Any person who is identified as an authorized user of the firearm and therby has potential access to the firearm, shall be required to undergo a training course of no less than 24 hours. The training course shall require a minimum of 4 hours of in class training on gun saftey and handling. All participants must qualify on the gun range, and must participate in no less than 16 hours of active shooter practical training including shoot don’t shoot scenerios.
    The training will also introduce and thourouly train the teachers and participants on what happens if and when the gunsafe is open. This training will also inform the participants of the ramicifations for opening the safe in an unauthorized manner, such as threatening an misbehaving child or co worker.

    Every incident of the gun vault being opened, a report shall be generated detailing the circumstances surroung the opening of the vault. This report shall include details on who opend the vault, the reason for opening the vault, the outcome of the opening, who was notified, how long it took for notification, who reponded, how long it took for the first responder to arrive.
    Any unauthorized accessing of the gun for mere exhibition, demonstration or other reason shall be met with immeadiate suspention and/ or termination depending on the severity and fequency of the violation as dictated by school district policy. Such efforts will ensure that the minimum amount of unathorized openings will occur. This will also protect a child from being exposed to or having access to the firearm in the safe.

    I would like your thoughts on our plan. http://www.armtheteachers.co

  62. Why Relay

    I agree that simply giving a gun to a teacher is a bad idea and could lead to more trouble than it solves. Simply giving a teacher a gun and hoping that they will respond correctly is a dangerous way to deal with the threat. A school district is ultimately responsible for the actions of their employees. Teachers are people and deal with situations that they could argue was a threat quite often. They could argue easily that had to stand their ground in a given situation, similar to the defense that is being used in the Trevon Martin case. People are arrested all of the time for “Brandishing a Firearm” with the weapon that they poses legally. This is why training matters. Carrying a loaded Firearm in a school with loose guidelines and moderate training is a recipe for disaster.

    This being said, most school shooting policy requires that the teacher lock the doors and shelter in place. If a district were to put a gun vault in every Classroom mounted to a desk, accessible only via Bio Metric locking technology system, it would at least give the teacher a chance to protect the kids. The teacher who was killed at SanyHook was killed in her class while sheltering her kids. Before the gunman killed her and those children he shot and killed several adults. She had time to gut a gun from a Biometric Gun Vault. A a Biometric Gun Vault can be opened in less than 15 seconds and these systems will allow access only to inviduals if their fingerprints match the systems allowed access list.

    A gun vault will keep the firearm out of site of the students and unless they were told by a parent or other adult, the student would not even be aware of the firearms presence. By keeping the firearm at the school in this manner, it would also allow school district to continue the moritoriam on theachers bringing their own firearm to school. This also would eliminate the concern that a teachers gun could be unsafley stored or handled leading to an unsafe discharge of the firearm.

    Just a thought

  63. John Miller

    The best proposal is at http://www.armtheteachers.co.
    1. Put a gun Vault in every Classroom mounted to a desk, accessible only via Bio Metric locking technology system. The gun vault will keep the firearm out of site of the students and unless they were told by a parent or other adult, the student would not even be aware of the firearms presence. By keeping the firearm at the school in this manner, it would also allow school district to continue the moritoriam on theachers bringing a firearm to school. This also would eliminate the concern that a teachers gun could be unsafley stored or handled leading to an unsafe discharge of the firearm.
    Upon the opening of the gunvault, the silent alarm will notify the nearest law enforcment agency tasked with the protection of the school. This alarm shall be treated as if an active shooting incident is occuring. This will allow the teachers to respond according to the designated emergency plan as instituted by the school distirct.
    2. Place a firearm in the gun vault that is uniform in caliber throughout all of the classrooms and has 1 additional magazine with it. The bullets should be chosen to inflict maximum stopping power with minimum penetration to limit the rounds going beyond the intended target.
    3. Any person who is identified as an authorized user of the firearm and therby has potential access to the firearm, shall be required to undergo a training course of no less than 24 hours.. All participants must qualify on the gun range, and must participate in no less than 16 hours of active shooter practical training including shoot don’t shoot scenerios annually.

    The coordination of the reponse will be the last and most important part of the keeping a Gun Vault in the classroom. What happens when the gun vault is accessed will be very directly laid out. After Every incident of the gun vault being opened, a report shall be generated detailing the circumstances surrounding the opening of the vault.
    Any unauthorized accessing of the gun for mere exhibition, demonstration or other reason shall be met with immeadiate suspention and/ or termination depending on the severity and fequency of the violation as dictated by school district policy.

    Training teachers to lock a classroom door and fire from a position of cover is a whole lot less complicated then having them train to roam the halls looking for an active shooter or even basic weapon retention in a crowded environment. The teachers primary objective must be to ensure the safety of the children in the class long enough so the police department can get there and effectively deal with the situation by eliminating the threat. All of this being said, we must act now to protect our kids. The school shootings that we have suffered through have been done by crazed individuals mostly acting solo and with limited training.
    A simple look around the world at places like Russia and the Beslan school hostage crisis in which at least 1,200 were t.
    aken hostage and 377 killed, would tell us that if a terrorist group chose to attack us in this manner, we would be ill prepared and the loss of life would be much greater. I would remind everyone that 19 terrorist acting as a group were responsible for the terrible attacks of 9/11, and up until that day the idea of arming airline pilots was considered to be ludicrous. More gun laws and locked gates will not protect our children and neither will arming teachers and just letting them carry a gun.

  64. Anonymous

    Why don't you just go out there and preach the 6th commandment to these deranged psycho killers. You know, the one that says "thou shalt not kill". Go gather them up, have your little sermon with them, preach to them about why they should not be killing our innocent children in what is supposed to be a safe haven for them, then report back to us. Let us know how that works out for you. Meanwhile, our armed teachers will be protecting "YOUR" kid from the next Adam Lanza. Do you place a value of safety on your childs head preacherman ? On that sad day at Sandy Hook Elementary school, how many teachers, members of the staff, the Principal, Vice Principal, Custodial staff could have been pondering this thought —-> I wish someone here had a gun. Think about it, really think about it. Maybe somebody should pray for you since you seem to have no regard for the safety of our children !!!