Author's note: Lately my campus newspaper had me right an editorial due to the fact that our area had a little debacle. anyway i hope you enjoy.
The gun debate has once again been revived due to the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. The debate has become local as Christoval ISD has approved a measure that allows teachers to carry weapons on campus.
The justification for this measure is the response time of first responders. According to estimates it takes 15 minutes for sheriff to respond to a shooting in Christoval. Teachers will not carry guns at will, but will have to obtain a concealed carry license and have tactical training.
On first look at the school boards choice seems extreme. The message we are sending to shooters across America with such polices is that we fear them. Granted we do. But showing fear by arming ourselves in the presence of school children is going too far. Introducing guns into the school setting makes the likelihood of a mishap increase.
On the same count, it promotes an atmosphere of fear for students. The world is complex enough and there are ways to delay the shooter other than responding with militaristic force. There is an implied threat when a teacher carries that may affect a student’s ability to learn
Those who favor this measure have said that it increases security and trains teachers to handle a shooter’s assault. Hopefully the teachers will hold off the shooter till the authorities arrive. In reality, this leaves room for more panic. As a teacher engages in a fire fight, the students are left to their own devices. A student during a shooting is lost and confused and could end up in a cross fire in that confusion.
As the gun debate rages it would best if we did not shoot from the hip. Instead let us plan to protect the student. There are so many ways to stop a shooter then to arm ourselves. Let us look at some for a better learning environment.