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Should Teachers be Allowed to Carry Guns in Schools?

by Countable | 3.1.18

Following the mass shooting in a Florida high school that left 17 dead, there have been renewed calls for teachers to carry guns.

Countable asked you to answer that call—or hang up on it. Here’s what you said:

"This is insane! More bullets flying during a group panic is NOT A GOOD IDEA! If you think a teacher will carefully aim and shoot an armed gunman while the armed gunman consistently misses the teacher with their AR-15, then you have strangely confused the fictional TV shows you were brought up on with reality…"

Read all of Eric’s comment.

"Yes if they are properly trained and able. All licensed should be able to carry there. Just like just about EVERY other place. Mass shootings happen in gun free zones but never at the police department—I wonder why."

Read all of Leon’s comment.

"The federal and state governments can’t even pay us teachers the wages that are paid to others with our levels of education, updated books and technology for our students, and sometimes even dry erase markers for our classrooms—so how are they going to pay for the weapons they plan on arming us with?"

Read all of R.dennis’ comment.

"No brainer. Allow teachers to conceal carry. Gun free zones are shooting ranges for the deranged."

Read all of Captainbinkman’s comment.

"I am a teacher. I will not carry a firearm. I reject the very idea that we can’t keep our children safe any other way. American classrooms are not a place where gunfights should occur. Ever."

Read all of Brian’s comment.

"Absolutely. History clearly shows shooters target schools because they know there will be no one with a gun, except the lone security guard perhaps. If random teachers and schools staff are trained and armed, no more mass murders…"

Read all of Ureeka’s comment.

"I'm sorry to burst your bubble but if you believe that a "gun free zone" sign is going to stop anyone who has already made their mind up to murder numerous innocent people (murder and mass murder is already against the law mind you) then you don’t have the common sense god gave to a three day old possum!"

Read all of TobyW.’s comment.

"A fourth grade teacher with a hand gun is not likely to be able to take out a shooter with an AR 15 in a surprise attack on a school, especially in a school or classroom. Western gunfight scenes where the “good" guy gets his shot…are for the movies…”

Read all of John’s comment.

What do you think?

Since we asked you to weigh in on arming teachers, the president has suggested giving "concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience." And a Georgia educator barricaded himself him in a classroom with a gun, forcing the school to go into lockdown mode. Has your opinion changed? Want to add your voice to the discussion? Hit Take Action and tell your lawmakers whether you support arming teachers. Then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Sophia
    03/03/2018
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    As a student, I can testify how terrifying an armed teacher would be. Schools should be a place of learning, not fear. Children cannot learn in an environment where they are afraid to speak their minds. By allowing teachers to carry weapons in schools and classrooms, we begin to rely on fear to encourage discipline, rather then a genuine desire to learn, respect, and a mutual relationship between students and their teachers.

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  • Erick
    03/03/2018
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    No, there is no valid reason why a teacher should need to carry a weapon in to a school setting period. This is not the Wild West, do we really think this is going to be a deterrent?! What happens when the first school shooting happens and it starts because a teacher was carrying a firearm? What happens when the first student is killed because they managed to get a hand on their teachers weapon? I am a hunter, an outdoorsman, a gun owner and a teacher and I can tell you that I will not carry a gun in my school for any reason.

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  • Anne
    03/03/2018
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    First, of all what a idiotic idea. Second, if schools can’t afford to buy kids crayons more than once a year what makes you think they can afford guns?

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  • Sarah
    03/03/2018
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    As a future teacher, i dont not want a gun in or around my classroom. Its not my job to shoot bad guys. Its my job to teach kids

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  • Robert
    03/02/2018
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    Teachers should not be made to be security guards

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  • Luis
    03/03/2018
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    America shouldn’t be a war zone. Students shouldn’t fear being taught by people who have the power to murder them. We’re better than this, or at least I used to think. This is the only developed country with a mass shooting problem, the solution is obvious. Keep your guns out of learning environments, give us actual change like sensible gun laws.

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  • JTJ
    03/01/2018
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    Yes. Permit holding teachers who are willing, should be allowed to carry their personal firearm in schools. They should train on a regular basis. The gun should remain holstered on their person, or locked in a safe. They should not receive extra compensation for this, but they should have the freedom if they choose.

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  • Evan
    03/03/2018
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    As a pediatrician, we know that guns in the home significantly increases the risk of accidental injuries and fatalities in children as well as lethal suicides among teenagers (see American Academy of Pediatrics statements). It is not hard to imagine putting guns in schools would also be a very serious public health risk. So how do we solve our uniquely American mass shooting problem? Before you jump in with your answer (More guns! Fewer guns!) I would argue that nobody really knows - and the reason is we have blocked federal funding for public health research on gun-related deaths. So my request from gun advocates and gun control advocates alike is to tell your representatives to find research into this problem- that’s our best chance of developing interventions that actually reduce violent deaths in the US.

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  • Deanna
    03/03/2018
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    ABSOLUTELY NOT! Having guns in the classroom would create situations where kids got their hands on them. Or the guns get locked up which makes them near impossible to get and use effectively in an emergency. Do the teachers then have to bring the gun to every fire drill? To every assembly? To the lunch room? That solution is completely impractical.

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  • Ben
    03/03/2018
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    I am a teacher. I carry in school. Not everyone should carry but those that want to and are willing to get an enhanced concealed carry license should be encouraged to do so. Our kids are with protecting!

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  • Eric
    03/01/2018
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    NO GUNS IN SCHOOLS!! First - it is not a deterrent. School shooters are teenagers! They romantically envision themselves as martyrs who will be talked about forever. They don't expect to survive in the first place. Second - most of the deaths occur very quickly, before a teacher can react. That's why the shooters use assault rifles; tools designed to kill as many as possible as quickly as possible. Once the teacher pulls a gun, there is panic and more bullets will mean more death. Third - there were trained good guys with guns in several of the mass shootings. How often does the theory have to fail before you drop it? Fourth - when first responders arrive they will not notice that some of the people shooting are "good guys". Lastly - this exact problem has been solved before. The solution is fewer guns. Why do we keep talking about everything except the problem? We have a gun fetish! We actually have a culture that thinks guns are problem solving tools! If you want to deny that then QUIT SUGGESTING THAT THE SOLUTION IS MORE GUNS!

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  • Robert
    03/01/2018
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    No No No. law enforcement is not for amateurs. Needs to left to the professionals. Do you want an amateur shooting in your children’s school?

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  • Karan
    03/01/2018
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    Before you guys get all crazy and think “Oh no bullets are gonna fly everywhere” well here’s reality. School shooters don’t want to attack a school where the staff is armed to fight back. Shooters want to kill as many kids as possible and they know it’ll be harder to do that if the teachers are armed. And if a shooter attack, it’s his funeral.

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  • Doug
    03/01/2018
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    Arming Teachers is only a stop gap measure, the real problem is 100% of student school shooters are boys with no Fathers in their life, so if you want to stop the violence in our society then elevate and teach about the Family with both the Father and Mother in the Home, and stop the social experiment that started in the sixties of free sex that leaves so many children without Fathers in their life, this can not be changed with legislation, it will take education and changing our social norms and teaching these young men to “become the host” to there children, to be caregivers examples guides and protectors, to be real Fathers, when this begins to happen the shootings will begin to stop, if you want the violence to stop you must address the real problem, you need to replace bad behavior with good, and is best done in the Home by a Father and a Mother.

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  • Joseph
    03/03/2018
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    It takes 2 minutes on a perfect day for police to respond. In 2 minutes a gunman can kill 200. Teachers wont threaten the students and fear will not run the classroom. Make it a dont ask don’t tell policy. As a current high school student, I trust all of my teachers to carry, protecting their students is their first priority. If you can’t trust the person that spends 6 hours a day with children with a gun, why are you so eager to leave your child with them every day?

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    03/01/2018
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    No person should be allowed to carry guns in schools.

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  • ShaniaSays
    03/03/2018
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    As a high school student this is actually terrifying. Not all teachers are gonna be superheroes like they imagine. This is going to cause more shootings than there is, some shootings are caused by teachers too. Please don’t cause more bullets and harm to students.

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  • Alexandria
    03/03/2018
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    This is ridiculous. yes let’s fight guns with more guns. and too top it all off, a teacher may shoot the hell out of a student and claim they were “scaring them” This is absolutely absurd. Not to mention if we’re having problems with cops and guns (and their trained) IMAGINE IT WITH TEACHERS.

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  • James
    03/01/2018
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    Absolutely! Common sense would tell anyone that! Post it as a Gun Free Zone and an idiot will come in there shooting! Especially if all the doors going in and out are unlocked! Sorry this not the the respectful sensible times we grew up in in the 60s and 70s. Get willing teachers to conceal carry and hire retired cops to monitor!

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  • Anthony
    03/03/2018
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    Yes on a regulated and volunteer basis

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