Arming Teachers Research Paper
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 policy that gets rid of “gun free zones” and allows teachers to carry a concealed firearm on campus is a necessary action that needs to take place. And in doing so, we would be creating a safe atmosphere for our students, and a solution to potential incidents involving violent crimes.
After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, the National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, "You know, five years ago after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy," LaPierre went on to say, "But what if--what if when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, he 'd been confronted by qualified armed security? Will you at least admit it 's…