I’m asking this question due to a recent experience. Last week while getting my students packed up and ready to head home for the holidays an announcement comes across the PA system, “Teachers go in to lock down, this is a real lock down.” Within seconds our door is locked, lights off and students are placed in one corner of the room to sit in complete silence with the unknown happening right outside our door. After sitting in the complete darkness for 30 minutes with 22 four-year-olds, we were allowed to come out of lock down. It was not until all children were gone that we learned what had happened. It was a drive by shooting no more them 30 feet away from the school. After shooting at the victim, the shooter crashed his car and ran off with gun in hand. What if he ran in the school? Could I protect my 22 students? Will a locked door really keep him out? All these questions are running through my head as I sat in the dark with my children, their life now in my hands. If he had come in the school, I could do nothing to protect myself or my students.
So to get back to the question. Do you think teachers should be able to carry guns at school?
If teachers are permitted to carry … I certainly would demand that a teacher must qualify semi-annually on their weapon or else they are very likely to make a shooting situation worse by hitting the non-involved students. No ability to accurately operate your firearm equals no right to carry said firearm in the presence of children.
A Little Bit Of Gun History Lesson…
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million
‘educated’ people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!
It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too!
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to exp lain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.
You won’t see this data on the U.S. evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
During W.W.II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED !
Note: Admiral Yamamoto who crafted the attack on Pearl Harbor had attended Harvard University 1919-1921 & was Naval AttachÃ© to the U. S. 1925-28. Most of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor & our Army had been deprived of funding & was ill prepared to defend the country.
It was reported that when asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the U.S. Mainland, his reply was that he had lived in the U.S. & knew that almost all households had guns.
The question would be a little clearer if it asked if teachers with valid carry permits should be allowed to carry in school. These folks have already met the requirements to carry a handgun everywhere else and are RESTRICTED from carrying on school property. This wouldn’t be granting special permission, but lifting a restriction put upon people that are otherwise qualified to carry.
A teacher should be able to carry a concealed weapon. Granted that they also have the proper permits. Since the teacher is trained to be a mentor, as well as, someone that does disipline the children. When the kids are at school, they deserve to be well protected. The kids shouldn’t have to fear someone taking over their classroom. All that does is take away from the learning that takes place. That is the key for these kids. Teachers, keep control of your classroom and the faith that this kids have in you.
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