I'm going into this under the presumption that we are discussing this solution for American schoolteachers, so bear with me.
The question of whether to arm teachers is a straightforward one, and exists entirely as a resolution to the problem of gun violence in schools. This is rampant in the United States - one database found that guns are fired on school grounds about twice a week in the US1. A solution is needed to protect students and teachers both. The removal of weapons isn't a viable option - it goes against the US Bill of Rights. Besides, criminals and people with mental illness driving them to commit assault with a deadly weapon aren't going to care about a change in gun law. The answer to the gun violence question cannot be "do nothing," however, so we are left only with the option of arming teachers.
Armed response by responsible owners of guns has stopped shootings, including a recent one in Texas.2 If this solution works outside of classrooms and schools, there is no reason to think it can't work inside as well. It is beyond a logical solution; it is a moral imperative that protects citizens' rights and our children. In addition, it offers an opportunity to show young people what responsible gun ownership is supposed to look like.
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2020-02-06 09:05:39| Speak Round