Gun Control: Arming Teachers is Not The Answer


Sophia Bare, Reporter

After the devastating school shooting that took place in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there has been the mourning of the victims and prayers not just from those within the school, or Florida, or even the United States, but from all over the world. But prayers do not change the lack of restrictions in place when it comes to the acquisition of any firearm in America, — restrictions that could have prevented this tragedy and saved the lives of 17 innocent people with promising prospects that we will never see come to fruition due to their untimely death — a push for gun control does. And oh lord has there been a push.

People from all over, scratch that, students from all over have started an intense push for gun control by calling on their representatives to be their voice in politics, boycotting business and corporations supporting the NRA (National Rifle Association) in any way and rallying the community to vote out politicians bought out by the NRA. Most notable is Emma Gonzalez, a victim of the shooting, who was asked to speak at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale, delivering a tear jerking speech that went viral in no time, plastering her as the face of the anti-gun sentiments evident throughout the people of America.

More than a week after the shooting, Donald Trump has finally addressed the growing protests — but not in a way that he should have. Ignoring the calls for restrictions on what guns can be purchased by civilians — such as the AR-15-style gun used in the shooting — he instead proposed that teachers be armed on site. Yes, the president of the United States suggested that teachers should have “a concealed gun on them” — citing that “if you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly.”

This is, quite frankly, illogical, and is only used as a proposition because Donald Trump — who was heavily funded by the NRA throughout his campaign — and his supporters refuse to see that guns are the problem.

Arming teachers will not solve anything. It is a flimsy bandaid on a major gash that needs proper treatment and surgery. If anything, it could prove detrimental. It could brew animosity between teachers and students — especially those of colour — and strengthen the feeling of many students that the education system is not there to serve them, but The Man. The problem is the easy access to guns, and the solution is not to readily provide more access to guns within a school.

The United States is the country with the number one most public mass shootings in the world. Time and time again after these shootings — these school shootings where children are being killed — there is a cry for gun control, for there to be less access to guns in general and no access to guns within school. Yet time and time again, the government has failed to listen to the people. Politicians supported by the NRA all repeat the same slogan — “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Yes, it’s true that guns do not kill people. People do indeed kill people, but they do so, overwhelmingly in fact, with guns. Guns are not the culprit but the tool used by culprits. In America, they are easily bought and used to produce the most victims.

Opposers to gun control will say that restricting, even banning certain guns, will not stop killings. It’s true that no matter what we do, there will always be murder and murderers, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop trying to reduce the numbers of innocent lives taken by bullets. Being against gun control is effectively giving up and saying ‘no matter what we do, there will be murder, so we might as well let it happen.’ And for those saying that this is not the time for politics but for us to send our prayers to those affected, well, I say, prayers are nice but they do nothing to change this massacre culture powered by guns — change that will be fundamental in the prevention of further attacks to this degree.

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