OPINION: Teachers With Guns Will Strengthen School Security

Teachers should be allowed to carry guns at school in order to protect students.

Teachers should be allowed to carry guns at school in order to protect students.

Kim Spaulding, Staff Writer

After the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, parents, teachers and administrators have started questioning whether schools remain safe anymore. The only way to ensure a massacre of this size won’t happen again is to arm teachers. Teachers should be allowed to carry guns at school in order to protect students.

Eighteen states across the country already allow adults to carry handguns on school property. Those who are armed remain anonymous and no accidents involving guns have been reported. Officials like Oren Shemtov, CEO of Israel’s Academy of Security and Investigation, say if the two administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary had concealed handguns the teachers could have delayed the shooter for 45 minutes each, potentially saving numerous lives if not stopping the shooter altogether. Governor Rick Perry has urged schools to review their emergency procedures, and the National Rifle Association (NRA) calls for armed guards in schools. Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice-president of the NRA, says students stay at risk of danger by having gun-free school zones.

Arming teachers would bring a stronger sense of safety for students. A teacher or administrator with a gun could easily protect the campus and its students. Currently, in case of an intruder, the only way school districts can react is by shelter-in-place drills – in which students and administrators lock their doors and stay out of sight from the hallways. If a trespasser has a gun, the only thing stopping them is a locked door, a door that can only withstand so much. The only thing to stop a gun is a gun.

Some parents and administrators argue that by allowing weapons in the schools, students could gain access to the weapons and use them for the students’ own desired purposes. As well as teachers and students having access to the weapons, an intruder could also gain access allowing them to use the weapon as they please. But the concealed handguns in the school would be kept in a secure area and teachers and administrators would have strict procedures in carrying the gun on school grounds. There would be more responsibility for the teachers and administrators, but in order to protect students teachers would welcome new regulations.

Numerous school districts remain opposed to arming teachers because of all the things possible to go wrong with having guns within a school. In any circumstance, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and in this case teachers should rather carry a concealed handgun and never use the gun than not have a gun but need one. Teachers and administrators should be allowed to carry guns on school grounds to help protect their students.