Allowing schools to arm their teachers, despite the intention to protect children, would not only be ineffective in solving a non-problem but put students in greater danger as well.
Background and Evidence
In May 2019, members of the Florida State House proposed to allow teachers to carry firearms in school to give their students more protection. The proposed bill was produced in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead and 17 wounded.
The proposal was hotly debated for months between Democrats and Republicans; some Democrats pleaded the House to consider its risks, while the Republicans continued to push the argument that students would be safeguarded by school shootings.
Shevrin D. Jones, a Democrat African-American, vehemently opposed the bill, citing that it would put minorities at a greater risk. Mr. Jones compared the behavior of discriminatory teachers to those of discriminatory police officers. He claimed, “There are bad police officers and there are bad teachers.”
While racial tensions in schools have toned down following the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s, racism still exists in schools today. Many studies have shown that black children are profiled by teachers and receive significantly more punishment by teachers than white children. Allowing racist teachers to carry firearms would not only give them more power to discriminate against minorities, but it would also increase the level of escalation that they can cause in a variety of situations.
In addition to being counterproductive, the problem school boards hope to minimize or eliminate is non-existent. School shootings are significantly less common than a large number of issues, which include accidental gun deaths. Putting guns in the hands of teachers could lead to more accidental gun deaths in schools. In addition, firearms kept by teachers could even fall into the hands of dangerous students.
Sources I Have Found
As of October, a bill proposed in May allows Florida schools to arm its teachers.
In response to the Parkland shooting, Florida House lawmakers proposed a bill that would allow teachers to be armed. The intention of this bill is to protect students from gun violence. Democrats urged lawmakers to consider the risks.
Black students are significantly more likely to be punished as well as perceived as older and less innocent.
Racism still exists in schools today and has not been totally eradicated following the Civil Rights Movement. Examples of discrimination in place in schools today range from name-calling to teachers’ allowing discrimination by other students to punishing minorities significantly more than white students.
Stats show that mass shootings in the United States are incredibly rare relative to other gun-violence-related issues, as well as other causes of death.
Sources I Haven’t Found Yet
I would like to find more evidence that accidental gun deaths could be perpetuated by allowing schools to arm their teachers.
Counterarguments I Need to Refute
If the right to bear arms cannot be alienated by the government, then public schools, which are endorsed by the government, should allow teachers to carry firearms.