A gun law currently being debated on the Senate floor in Missouri allows for teachers to carry guns on campus and while school is in session. This new law calls for well trained and competent teachers to protect students who have been physically vulnerable to armed intruders in the past. The main idea behind this legislation is that some teachers are willing to be the first line of defense when faced with a shooter intent on killing many people in a short amount of time and a “gun free zone” should not infringe upon their right to do so.
The point of this new legislation is not to make every teacher armed, but to eliminate the ban that bars teachers who choose to carry. In a nation with so many guns, both legal and illegal, teachers should be allowed to defend themselves and their students. The phrase “keep and bear arms” should mean that every law abiding citizen is a vehicle through which we collectively preserve the means to protect ourselves. Our teachers are the same people that we trust to educate our children, but they are not deemed responsible enough to learn how to properly shoot and control a firearm under our current nation’s views. The reality is that their students are around conceal carry adults every day without fanfare or accidental shootings and the school environment should be no different.
I contend that the places that are gun free zones are the exact places where responsible conceal carry holders are needed the most. With teacher carry in practice a gunman is less likely to target a school that can defend itself and fight back. Public knowledge that teachers could possibly be armed and likely to defend themselves would be a huge motivator that could deter possible mass murderers. Schools that have in the past been victimized by these murderers have had armed security guards in place– most notably Columbine High School in Colorado. Merely one guard simply was not enough to stop the shooting of over thirty victims. The other Colorado shooting at Arapahoe High School helps to prove this point. The shooting was over in eighty seconds leaving no time for the school’s full-time security officer or the town police to respond. Often, by the time the police do arrive people are dead and children’s lives are affected by the trauma. “With a single exception, every multiple-victim public shooting in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry firearms,” reports John Lott of the New York Daily News. These attacks happen within a matter of minutes, and armed teachers could, at the very least, buy time for kids to escape while police race to the scene.
The country of Israel has long been at the forefront of security and protecting against terrorist attacks on school children. For years they allowed their teachers to carry firearms in the classrooms. This could be the determining factor for the low number of school shootings in...