Should teachers be allowed to carry guns on campus?
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Should teachers be allowed to carry guns on campus?

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School shootings are every parent's worst nightmare, and people have come to very different solutions on how to stop them. Some parents think teachers should be armed; when every second matters, an armed teacher could make the difference. Others don't trust teachers to carry guns around their kids. Tactical situations like shootings are already incredibly tough for the professionals, adding an armed teacher with less training to the mix could be a disaster. What do you think?

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A Texas school district of 120 students allows teachers, after school board approval and regular training, to carry guns while working. David Thweatt, the superintendent, sees armed teachers as the best way to keep students safe. 

“Most schools lock the doors and hope for the best,” he said. “If a bad person comes to our school that person is leaving in a body bag and your kid is coming home safe.”

Supporters say police are too slow to respond to school shootings and other tragedies. The best way to stop a shooting is by taking out the shooter—so why not arm and train teachers? A rural Colorado school district debated this issue and one resident responded to a school survey with the following:

“If I need a deputy it will take 30 to 45 minutes to get here,” she said. “How long did Sandy Hook take? Thirteen minutes? And 26 people were dead? So now you understand our problem.”

Critics of the idea say it's a solution looking for a problem. The odds of a student being a victim of a shooting is incredibly low.

To permit teachers to carry loaded weapons, though, is--perhaps literally--overkill. A U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention study on school violence finds "the odds of a young person ages 5 to 18 being the victim of a homicide at school, on their way to school, or at a school-sponsored event was 1 in 2.5 million."
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀For comparison, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports a person's chance of being struck by the proverbial lightning during one's lifetime at 1 in 3000.  
Besides, fighting back against an active shooter is extremely difficult. Security professionals regularly train to respond to these types of situations. Adding armed and untrained people into the chaos of a mass shooting is a recipe for trouble. 
Let teachers teach, and allow law enforcement personnel who have the training to meet such heinous circumstances provide protection for our priceless progeny.
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