Teachers Should Not to Carry Weapons in School
Every professional has their assigned responsibilities, and this means that a teacher should remain to be a teacher and a police officer cannot be taken to class to teach the students. The issue of firearms in the United States have had controversial debates regarding the legalization of guns as well as their usage. Gang violence has continued to increase in major cities in the United States, such as in Chicago, and this means that there are lots of both legal and illegal weapons in the street. However, the number of illegal weapons, with a large number being smuggled from such countries as the Mexican border.
Based on this, it means that there are lots of illegal weapons that cannot be traced since they are not registered under the government’s arm register for licensing. It is these illegal arms that are used by violent gangs to commit crimes as they are not easily traceable. In many states, most of the guns that have been retrieved from criminals are unregistered, especially on incidences of mass shootings (Cartolano, p5). Incidences of mass shootings in the United States have continued to rise, and this has been attributed to the high incidences of crime. As a result of this, there has been an increased sense of insecurity in social institutions, especially schools where thousands of students are waiting to quest their thirst in education.
According to the postulations by the United States president regarding trained teachers carrying guns to school in a bid to ensure student safety can be considered as a poor decision. The primary reason why a teacher is trained in education is that they only specialize in equipping students with the basic knowledge that they require to cope in their lives. Based on this, it means that teachers cannot multitask, especially in fields that are not in line with their profession. One thing that the president should recognize is that teachers trained on using weapons are only trained for personal protection at home, and this does not translate to them being security and law enforcers (Hernandez, p155). Besides, teachers are known to be gentle and not radicle. Through their gentleness, they are able to handle the students, and this helps the students concentrate.
Police officers, on the other hand, are known as law enforcers, and this means that they are mandated with the primary role of ensuring that everyone within the United States borders is projected from harm, either internally or external attacks (Gardner 311). The police officers are basically trained to defend the people, and thus they cannot match the teachers who have trained the basic skills of defending themselves. Everyone is a professional in their field, and this means that it is impossible for one party to take the work of others. Transforming a teacher to be a policeman reduces their effectiveness as teachers, and this can be explained by the fact that they will constantly be thinking of the impending danger as well as how they will use their weapons. Based on this concept, they may not concentrate on teaching, and even the students as well will not concentrate on what they are being taught. They will perceive their teacher as security officers, and even the presence of a gun in class will create more tension among the students, hence reduced concentration.
Arming teachers is not the solution to providing security in public institutions such as schools. A teacher cannot even effectively guard and teach the students without failing in one. Also, having the teachers take the security role, a task that they are not used at will not be effective as they will be incompetent in the hands of the mass shooters. Police are well trained to handle such cases. Therefore, the United States would have taken the initiative to recruit and deploy more police officers to schools to provide security for the students and teachers. Therefore, arming teachers would not be an effective way of protecting schools from the impending danger of mass shootings.
Cartolano, Denise. “Check” Mate”: Australia’s Gun Law Reform Presents The United States With The Challenge To Safeguard Their Citizens From Mass Shootings.” Nova Law Review 41.2 (2017): 5.
Gardner, Anthony Luzzatto. “Law Enforcement Cooperation.” Stars with Stripes. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2020. 311-350.
Hernandez, Nikolaos Manuel. “Their Cheese Has Holes but Their Gun Policy Doesn’t: A Review of the Swiss Gun Policy Compared to the United States.” U. Miami Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 27 (2019): 155.