Is Arming Teachers the Answer?
The Trump administration recently announced its answer to the numerous school shootings that have taken place in the last two decades. Giving teachers guns.
In addition to being in favor of arming teachers, Trump also suggested providing bonuses to teachers who do arm themselves.
Leaders from teachers and education unions have already hit back at the president’s proposal.
“Teachers don’t want to be armed, we want to teach,” said Randi Weingarten, president of The American Federation of Teachers. “We don’t want to be, and would never have the expertise needed to be, sharp shooters; no amount of training can prepare an armed teacher to go up against an AR-15.”
“Bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence,” said Lily Eskelsen García, president of The National Education Association. “Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms.”
Another proposal that has arisen as an answer to multiple problems is to arm veterans and allow them to guard schools. An idea that one veteran says would be a great solution.
The question of whether or not teachers should be packing heat has been a hot topic in Cali for a while now, and became especially of interest last year when a man in San Bernardino walked onto an elementary school killing a teacher and one of her 8-year-old students.
In 2016, the board members for Kingsburg Joint Union High and Kern High school districts voted to allow certain approved individuals to carry guns on campus. However, that was overturned with the passing of AB 424 last year, which banned any and all guns from public campuses.
Now, a trustee from the Kern High school board who previously voted in favor of allowing teachers to have guns has resurrected his opinion on a Facebook post.
We’re not quite sure how this would work, but we’ll keep you updated on how it turns out.