Originally Posted by Aries Walker
There's a difference between having a police officer, having an armed guard, and having armed staff. Having cops stationed at schools is not a bad idea, assuming it can be afforded. As far as I know, there aren't many districts in this country that can take a cop or two off the streets every day for every school there. However, lots of places use off-duty or retired police, with which I have no problem. Almost every time we hear of an armed shooter being stopped, it's by a responding police officer, so sure.
I'm not overjoyed about the idea of armed guards - that is, non-cops - because, well, they're not cops. Security job positions are typically very low-paid jobs with very little training and - even considering that the guard would have classes in how to use a firearm safely - I would not want to entrust the next generation in the hands of people with no experience in crisis management. I recognize that many other disagree with me on this point, which is fine.
Arming teachers is the worst idea. Do we really think it's a good idea to introduce thousands more guns into the schoolyards, in the hands of teachers, a job which is already overworked, underpaid, and highly stressful? How long would it be before aggressive students wrest them from the hands of those teachers? Before a few teachers themselves lose their own shit and open fire? Or before students develop a full-on bunker mentality after having to report to an armed camp every day to learn their times tables?
As a criminal, which scenario sounds scariest:
(1) Going on a shooting spree and having to deal with one policeman or guard.
(2) Going on a shooting spree and having to deal with 10-40 armed faculty?
My whole point is this, this shit will end because these kooks are cowards and don't want resistance. Not one teacher has to actually be carrying to stop these kooks. The idea of armed resistance will keep them away.
Also, if a teacher does decide to carry, it doesn't have to be an AK strapped to their back. Each teacher would carry/conceal so only they and the principal/vice-principal/etc... would know who's armed. From the kids point, everything looks the same.