A Case for Teachers Carrying Guns


Lana Brown

A man carries a concealed pistol in a specialized holster. His shirt would normally cover the weapon.

Marshal Bates, Reporter

The recent debate of gun control has peaked after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 19-year-old Nicholas Cruz is accused of using an AR-15 to kill 17 people.

People’s reactions to this tragedy on Feb. 14 are what to be expected. Students across the country have gone to their state capitols or marched in the streets to pressure legislators for gun-control laws and the banning of assault-style weapons.

However, President Trump and others want to arm some teachers in their classrooms with hopes to deter more school shootings from happening. Arming teachers would allow people to have the comfort that their children are safer than they would be without teachers being armed in their schools.

Taking away guns will not stop school shootings from happening. If someone like Cruz sets his mind to killing many people, then he will find another way to carry out an attack, such as trying to figure out how to build a bomb. Taking guns away won’t accomplish what they think it will.

One alternative is to ban assault-style weapons, which may seem like a good idea. However, school shooters would switch to pistols, causing the debate to once again erupt. Some people would like to ban all guns, but they cannot because this would infringe on people’s right to bear arms.

Mass shootings will continue with or without semi-automatic, assault-style weapons. There are some people out there who would rather have the minimum age to buy a gun moved from 18 to 21, but a parent may simply buy a gun for a child, which would mean that this option wouldn’t make the problem go away.

The human mind can’t comprehend what most of mass shooters think when they come up with these schemes. Banning weapons just means they will come up with other devious plans to kill.