R2: Arm Teachers

This post is part of a long series of planned blog posts about proposed gun control measures to reduce the risk of mass shootings.

1) What problem does it solve?
Mass shooters target unarmed students, teachers, and school staff.
 
2) How well does it solve the problem?
 
Affirmative Answer:
(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
 
Negative Answer:
(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
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