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Could an Armed Faculty Create a Safer Learning Environment for Students?
An armed and trained teacher pointing a handgun.
An armed and trained teacher pointing a handgun.
January 17, 2016

On December 14th 2012, twenty year old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook elementary shot and killed twenty children, six staff members and then committed suicide. On October 1st 2015 twenty six year old Christopher Harper Mercer walked into Umpqua Community College shot and killed eight students, one teacher and himself. On April 16th 2007 twenty three year old Seung-Hui Cho killed thirty three people, including himself at Virginia Tech. The list goes on and on. There is no shortage of school shootings in recent history.

Many people would like an answer as to why these things happen and would like to prevent it from ever happening again. Some suggest tougher gun laws could have prevented these tragedies. There are groups that would like to make guns not just harder to attain but they would like to make them illegal to possess. It's not hard to envision a small smile appearing on the face of the groups members upon hearing the news of another mass shooting, since public opinion would lean toward prohibition.

We would like to propose a more reasonable solution. If any of the killers from above walked into a school and met an armed faculty he would probably reconsider attempting murder. Most likely, he wouldn't even try since he might realize he would be dead before he could inflict any serious harm. We should make it a requirement for anyone who works in a school to have a concealed weapons permit.

Schools are places where students should feel safe. An armed teacher watching over her students would be very reassuring. If we required school faculty to be armed then those who intend to do our children harm would choose a softer target.

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