Arming Teachers Research Paper

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Arming Teachers: Protecting America’s Assets December 14, 2012 marks a day when America was shocked by the unexpected crime that took place on our own back porch. Twenty year old Adam Lanza made his way onto the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus and began to open fire on teachers and students, murdering 26 people total. According to a website that focuses on gun safety called “everytownresearch”, there have been 176 school shootings in America since the Newtown massacre. A question I have is could situations like Newton be avoided if teachers were armed and trained to use a firearms? The way I see it, students in America are our future leaders, so shouldn’t we want to protect them at all cost? I strongly believe that incorporating a new …show more content…
Will you at least admit it 's possible that 26 little kids, that the 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day?” (Barker). Amsterdam News staff Cyril Josh Barker wrote in his article titled NRA Says Arming Teachers Is The Answer that, “The very idea of arming teachers and principals with guns provoked a strong backlash. American Federation of Teacher 's President Randi Weingarten said the idea was "irresponsible" and "dangerous” (Barker). So I ask, are guns the answer to our problem of violence in …show more content…
§ 922), part of the Crime Control Act of 1990 (18 U.S.C. 921), made it illegal for a person to knowingly possess a firearm “in a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.” Exceptions are made, however, for individuals who are “licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located,” “by an individual for use in a program approved by a school in the school zone,” “by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity,” or, “by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in the school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual. (Weiler

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