First of all it’s not a debate. It’s a shouting match and no one is listening to the other side.
Second; it’s not about children, or school safety.
It’s a brutal and contentious political power play by the left to capitalize on a tragedy to gain more government control over the lives of everybody. The media has stepped in to fight for the Democrats to institute “gun control”. CNN and other MSM outlets have turned in to full time Democrat advocates activating the mob.
The danger is that our elected leaders do something stupid to silence the mob. Reasoned debate went out the window minutes after the Florida school shooting.
We have problems in our society that go much deeper than guns. What is it that makes us vulnerable for the deranged to wreak such havoc? That havoc seems to coincide with the decay of values witnessed over the last few decades.
We have always had guns and we have always had deranged people. What’s different?
Shouting slogans provides no answer.
Do We Want Armed Teachers or Security Guards in Our Children’s Schools?
From National Review: By JIM GERAGHTY, February 22, 2018
The case against arming teachers, and/or armed personnel in school:
• This seems like a prime candidate for local control, and the kind of idea that works a lot better if all the parties “buy in” from the beginning. If you can build a reasonable consensus among local law enforcement, the school board, the principal, the teachers and the parents of the children attending the school think it’s a good idea, go for it. If you don’t have a consensus, the decision is likely to spur a lot of enraged accusations and counter-accusations of endangering children.
• Think of all the teachers you had as a kid, and all of the teachers of your children. You can probably recall ones you would trust with a gun in a crisis and probably some you would not.
• Depending upon the size of the school, the armed officer may not be in the right place at the right time. There was an armed officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, but he was elsewhere on campus when the attack began and never encountered the gunman.
• Accidental shootings are probably inevitable, and not just by teachers. Imagine there’s a school shooting, and a teacher gets his gun and starts looking for the shooter. The cops arrive and see a man with a gun.
The case for arming teachers, and/or armed personnel in school:
Forgive me for asking you to imagine every parent’s worst nightmare: there’s a man with a gun approaching your child’s school right now. How quickly will the local police get there? Maybe everyone will be lucky and the nearest patrol car is close, just a minute or two away. But maybe it’s five minutes, or closer to ten minutes.
In that interim, the only thing standing between the gunman and your child are some locked doors and any adult wiling to confront the gunman while unarmed.
If a teacher or security guard in that school has a gun, doesn’t that increase your child’s chances of survival? Suddenly the gunman doesn’t have impunity. He has to stop, he has to find cover, he has to retreat or refocus his attack from unarmed children and teachers to the person who’s shooting at him. That’s not a good situation, and there’s still danger to all of the innocent lives surrounding the gunman and the armed guard or teacher. But now the odds of the shooter being incapacitated are dramatically better.
I’ve wondered about the “shelter in place” policy practiced at most schools. Is that really the safest approach when someone has arrived with murderous intentions?
A 2013 report, put together by FEMA, the FBI, and the Department of Education, recommended, “If it is safe to do so for yourself and those in your care, the first course of action that should be taken is to run out of the building and far away until you are in a safe location.” It also recommended, “If neither running nor hiding is a safe option, as a last resort when confronted by the shooter, adults in immediate danger should consider trying to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter by using aggressive force and items in their environment, such as fire extinguishers and chairs.”
We can, and should, have a long and detailed discussion about how to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental problems, endless rage, and malevolent motives. I keep pushing for a start with fixing the NICS background check system and more consistently prosecuting straw buyers. But a lot of the current debate features comments that amount to, “we shouldn’t be in this situation, our children don’t deserve this.” Indeed, we shouldn’t, and they don’t. But that doesn’t change what our situation actually is.
Asking a teacher to be ready to confront a school shooter with a firearm is an enormous, almost unthinkable request. But is it any better to ask a teacher to be ready to confront a school shooter with a fire extinguisher or chair?