It’s been less than a month since the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida. But while things are slowly changing, the Trump administration may be working to bring more firearms into schools .
According to recent policy proposals released by the White House, the administration is moving forward on its plan to provide “rigorous handguns training” for “specially qualified school personnel.”
Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House. Legislation moving forward. Bump Stocks will soon be out. Highly developed expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent !…….
— Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2018
These proposals come on the heels of President Donald Trump’s remarks that gun-free zones don’t run. At a Feb. 22 listening session, Trump said, “A gun-free zone to a maniac — because they’re all cowards — a gun-free zone is, let’s come in and let’s assault because bullets aren’t coming back at us.”
While it’s yet unclear who precisely will be trained and armed — CNN reports that the plan also includes provisions that would help usher military and retired law enforcement officials into positions in the education system — the idea that teachers should manage pistols has been met with swift criticism since its inception.
After Florida politicians repudiated a ban on assault rifles and pushed a $67 million bill that would set 37,000 armed lecturers in schools statewide through the legislature, the National Education Association denounced the idea, making it clear that arming educators would turn places of learning into something more akin to prison.
Allowing more guns onto school property is not the answer.
“Bringing more handguns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and lecturers from gun violence, ” NEA chairperson Lily Eskelsen Garcia said in a statement. “Our students require more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more firearms in their classrooms.”
Alexis Underwood, a seventh-grade English teacher, president of the Association of Bay County Educators, and a retired Marine, told a Florida news station that arming teachers would create more hazard when the idea of arming lecturers was first mentioned in February.
“One of the things that my drill instructor told me is that even someones in the military, in a moment of crisis, when the firearm fires for real, are going to forget what they’ve been taught to do and they’re going to run or they’re going to make stupid missteps, ” Underwood told.
Speaking to MSNBC, Underwood emphasizes that competency and trust were the main issues at stake. “When I was a Marine, I developed 52 weeks a year to be combat-ready, ” she explained. “Teachers merely don’t have that luxury. I simply cannot train enough and teach full period and be combat-ready.” She added that she didn’t trust the Florida legislature to have her back in times of emergency and crisis.
The most recent plans have also been met with staunch opposition on social media.
Here is the thread you need to read, save and share with everyone and anyone who proposes the insane notion of arming educators in our schools. The objective. Perhaps someone could condense it to a single page of bullet points for the president. https :// t.co/ PUC8 2ZkAC2
— Joy Reid (@ JoyAnnReid) March 12, 2018
“Highly trained expert teachers”
Highly trained expert teachers
Highly trained by … who?
Who designs the training. On what criteria? To what standards? No, don’t just say, “the local police department” or something similar.
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— Stonekettle (@ Stonekettle) March 12, 2018
Less than two weeks ago, a educator fired a handgun& barricaded himself in a classroom as an entire school fled in terror.
— Cathy Myers (@ CathyMyersWI) March 12, 2018
There’s that went on to say that goes “the only style to stop a bad guy with a firearm is with a good guy with a firearm, ” but that’s simply not true .
In the Parkland case, specifically, an armed deputy was on duty at the school. He never ran inside to confront the shooter. And in another recent high-profile occurrence, a Georgia teacher sent local schools into chaos after he fired a gun inside a classroom.
A recent analyze conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research observed further proof discrediting this theory. According to the results, allowing citizens to carry disguised weapons didn’t lower violent crime. Instead, violent crimes ran up by as much as 15% in the 10 years after states passed such statutes.
Of course, research on this topic is hard to come by. And that’s no accident.
If you’ve ever wondered why gun violence isn’t analyse more often, you should know that it’s not due to a lack of caring. Instead, the government actively prevents analyzing gun violence as a public health issue. That’s not to say that all research into gun violence is banned, but a highly-criticized 1996 spending bill amendment bars the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention from employing funds to “advocate or promote gun control.”
The CDC does track national vital statistics generally and includes figures on firearm deaths, but no national database tracks annual firearm deaths in detail. Everytown for Gun Safety, which uses CDC data , notes guns were involved in 38,656 deaths in 2016 and that a five-year average puts the tally at around 96 gun demises occur per day.
Ending gun violence is a fight that’s just getting started .
Since the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting, the teen activists of Parkland have galvanized the nation into action. Several major retailers have dropped sale of assault weapons. Some have raised the minimum age of buying guns from 18 to 21. And firms including Delta, United, and Enterprise have cut their connections to the National Rifle Association. While that movement and transformation is important, it’s not nearly enough. And even as the White House is set to endorse plans to fix the nation’s background check system and provide funds to stop violence in school, we’re reminded that more must be done.
But that “more” shouldn’t be arming lecturers.
Speaking to The Washington Post, one mother whose children attend school in an Ohio district where security measures include gun safes holding semiautomatic pistols, said, “It doesn’t make me feel better that the teachers are armed. It simply gives me new things to worry about.”
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