President Donald Trump tossed out his own solution to the heavily debated topic of gun control: “highly trained” teachers.
Trump said that if they are armed, they could strengthen schools against mass shooters and fire back at possible danger.
This, of course, was in response to Nikolas Cruz with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that killed 17 people and injured 14 more. It was in response to yet another mass shooting at a school in this country, racking up the number of students and faculty members slaughtered.
Trump also tweeted that “sicko[s]” would no longer even bother heading into schools to do that kind of damage in the first place. And in typical Trump fashion, he threw in some words in all capital letters: “ATTACKS WOULD END!”
He then had to clarify his tweets, saying that he doesn’t want teachers to have guns, he “want[s] certain highly adept people — people that understand weaponry, guns.”
And back on Twitter, he said it would be “20 percent of teachers.”
However, training and arming teachers is not a concrete solution to the numerous school shootings. While it is commendable of the president to actually explore ways to tackle school shootings, giving teachers guns is not the answer.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are over 3.5 million elementary and secondary teachers in schools in the country. Arming 20 percent of them would mean that roughly 700,000 teachers would have guns on their hips while teaching “To Kill A Mockingbird” or honors geometry.
If you want professionals to handle guns, look at your local police departments, not your educators. Teachers are already underpaid; adding “saving children’s lives from terrorists” to their job descriptions is entirely unnecessary.
Teaching in a classroom with approximately 30 very lively children is already controlled chaos. As we know, it is already incredibly easy for people to get guns. Imagine if a kid happened to grab it when the teacher was off-guard?
Gun violence in America is already quite complicated and there really is not a single simple solution. But giving teachers guns would undoubtedly make this situation much worse.
We depend on teachers to help children develop in numerous ways. The only “weapons” they should have on them are office supplies.