Arming Teachers? Required or Desired?

Christian Furman, Editorial Writer

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 Arming teachers, another method of defense or just one more issue that involves gun violence? Is arming teachers worth it? If so, how will they be trained to handle guns? Will faculty be required to wear guns?

 When it comes down to an environment with weaponry objects, school is the least appropriate place for guns to show up. So– is arming a teacher any better then a student? Will armed teachers replace school police?

 The main fact of the matter is that  world violence comes when guns are involved. Teachers across the states and country are protesting this idea.  

 As shown in the article written by Meera Jagannathan, “Poll: most teachers want gun control, not guns to carry.” The majority of teachers hate the idea of introducing guns to the system.

  “Nearly three-quarters of all U.S teachers refuse the ideal of carrying guns in overwhelming amounts and numbers of their own personal opinions. The overwhelming number that 73 percent of teachers oppose arming and training teachers to carry guns.”


  Even out of the 17 percent of people who would speak of better school security, only 7 percent mentioned arming teachers.



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 Teachers already pay out of their own pockets for materials but now people expect them to pay for their own guns as well?

 According to the editorial board of the Washington Post, “it found that 94 percent of teachers pay for classroom supplies, spending an average of $479 a year. About 7 percent of teachers spend more than $1,000 a year.

 The report was released as Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia continue to feel the aftershocks from teacher protests over low pay and cuts to school spending that shut down schools for days.  

 Now that same department has a solution: Under the leadership — and we use that term guardedly — of Secretary Betsy DeVos, the department is actually thinking — yes, we use that term guardedly as well — of letting states use federal funds to buy guns for educators.

 In the final thoughts of this column, arming teachers with guns is a problem that we cannot get past very easily and it will not just go away. Arming teachers is not the correct way to protect our schools. Our students agree, our country agrees, and our teachers agree.

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