After every school shooting, everyone is so focused on the students that they forget there are often other victims of the shooting. For instance, in the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, 12 students and 1 teacher were killed. In 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 children and 6 adult staff members were killed. At the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 14 students and 3 staff members were killed.
It’s not only students that end up in the line of fire but also teachers and school staff and in most of America’s schools, they are just as defenseless as the students and perhaps more vulnerable since they are larger targets and often try to shield their students.
Don’t teachers deserve a right to defend themselves as well as their students?
(The Hill) – The polls indicate that Americans support more gun control right now, but are also very skeptical that more gun control will reduce violence or mass public shootings. We typically see such increased support temporarily after mass public shootings. To win the debate, proponents of the right to self-defense must explain how their proposals are practical. They must explain how gun control actually makes people more vulnerable to attack.
Everyone wants to do something about mass public shootings. But while gun control advocates call for more gun control within an hour of attacks, such as the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, prominent Republicans and even the NRA often go completely silent in the week after the attack. Gun control advocates’ proposals may have the appearance of swift action, but ideas such as universal background checks really have nothing to do with stopping these attacks.
The delayed response of the NRA and others lets gun control advocates claim: “Those who oppose reforms say nothing can be done.” Gun control advocates claim to be the only ones who care, and many Americans go along with the idea that further regulation is the only available option. After all, something must be done, and at least gun control advocates are trying to stop attacks…
Many teachers and school staff are instructed to do what they can to protect their students in the event of an active shooter and this naturally places them more in the line of fire than the students trying to hide. Ask the teachers you know how vulnerable they feel and then aske them if they would like the right to defend themselves as well as defend their students and see what they say.