In the light of the recent school shootings, such as the one at Virginia Tech, much debate has begun as to whether or not teachers in these schools should be armed with weapons to deter, and protect themselves and the children, from a possible assault. I’m a soon-to-be teacher myself, and am totally aware of the current security issues plaguing the education system. And while I’m not sure arming teachers is the right choice, I hate to say it, but it might be the best choice.
First of all, I’m sure we can all agree there is a security problem in our nation’s schools. These ‘gun-free zones’ have, since Columbine, been an easy target for psychotic and disgruntled individuals. Now in the aftermath of Virginia Tech, anti-gun activists are using the disaster as a staging ground for further anti-gun legislation? But is that the answer? All’s gun laws will do is to prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves. Criminals will still be able to get their hands on them. In addition, anti-gun legislation will also give these criminals the edge because they will know that deterrence is no longer a barrier. If good citizens don’t have guns, criminals won’t have to think twice before coming into your home, or your children’s schools. All it will do is open the doors to these wackos. And also, let’s not forget that there is a constitutional amendment protecting our right to bear arms. So what else is there to do?