Allowing certified school teachers to carry guns at school has merit. Attackers skilled enough to execute a school assault are smart enough to know that schools are gun-free zones. I believe that students would be safer with many armed teachers as opposed to a single armed police officer.
If you knew that each classroom had a fully equipped gun rack, would that deter you as a would-be assailant? Could that not also ease student fears?
It would be ideal to have a quasi-SWAT team in every school, but that is not practical. Local and state detention facilities have significant correctional officer shortages; finding even more hundreds of qualified school officers seems unrealistic and unnecessary.
Removing weapons to subjugate a people is an old scheme. As we read in 1 Samuel, 13:19: “Now no blacksmith could be found in the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords and spears.”
No one has a magic pill to eliminate all aberrant behavior, but more can be done. Giving teachers the freedom to teach basic moral values is a start to draining the swamp.
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