This post is part of a long series of planned blog posts about proposed gun control measures to reduce the risk of mass shootings.
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/remarks-from-the-nra-press-conference-on-sandy-hook-school-shooting-delivered-on-dec-21-2012-transcript/2012/12/21/bd1841fe-4b88-11e2-a6a6-aabac85e8036_story.html
Link to Serious Example of this Proposal: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-vice-president-pence-listening-session-students-teachers-parents/
1) What problem does it solve?
Mass shooters target unarmed students, teachers, and school staff.
2) How well does it solve the problem?
(a) There is a reactive or response value to this solution: armed teachers could shoot the shooter before police arrived.
(b) There is a preventative (deterrence) value. “Statistics show that mass killers overwhelmingly prefer gun-free zones. Why? Because these killers know that the longer it takes someone to shoot back, the easier it will be for them to kill at will.” See: http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/16/prevent-mass-school-shootings-time-fight-fire-fire/
Negative Answer: Poorly. “Most people would not have the nerve, rational thought, or skill to do it on the spot. Providing stop-gap “training” would not address the whole picture. You would be taking people who were trained to educate—many of whom had most likely never owned or even fired a gun—and transforming them into the appointed defenders of schools.” https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/29/10moore.h34.html
3) What new problems does it add?
Affirmative Answer: None
(a) Increased risk of accidental shootings on school grounds. See, for example, here: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58505440-78/ferguson-montgomery-toilet-district.html.csp
(b) Teacher’s rights: what if a teacher refuses to carry a gun? Should school districts fire these already stretched, underpaid teachers because they won’t carry a loaded weapon around at work? Imagine the lawsuits that would follow!
4) What are the economic and social costs?
Affirmative Answer: (?)
Negative Answer: (?)
5) Given the above, is it worth the costs?
Affirmative Answer: Yes
Negative Answer: No