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To Bear or Not To Bear Arms

In response to the school shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which took place in February 2018, US president Donald Trump has proposed that teachers should bear firearms while on school grounds. While this proposal has good intentions, I can’t help but think about what we’re opening the door to.

Teachers deal with some students who show out and just give them hell on a regular basis. I applaud those teachers who have a lot of patience, but there are some who don’t have as much. Every human being has a breaking point. One day a teacher could just have enough with a student’s misdemeanor and use the gun that they were legally in possession with on school grounds. I’m sure parents don’t want to see their misbehaved child go to school knowing that an armed teacher could just end their life while under their supervision.

As demonstrated by a teacher at a local school in California, there is the possibility of guns being discharged by accident . On March 14, 2018, during a gun demonstration, a teacher accidentally fired a gun pointed at the ceiling, injuring three students with falling debris.

If one day a student decided he/she was going to harm someone on school grounds, the student wouldn’t have to look too far for a weapon. All a student would have to do is overpower a teacher, disarm them, and do what they want with the weapon. Even if teachers have the weapon in a secure place in the classroom, things can be opened by force. On February 14, 2018, at Minglewood Elementary in Clarksville, TN, a student brought a gun to school after breaking into a locked gun case at home.

Last, we have to consider those teachers who don’t want to put themselves or their students at risk or in an uncomfortable environment. I’m no school teacher, but I’ve been around them long enough to know that they want their students to feel comfortable. A student might feel mighty intimidated rather than safe when approaching or being approached by a teacher with a firearm.

It is my opinion, that by arming teachers, we would be putting students and the school faculty & staff more at risk rather than keeping them safe. I believe we should leave the gun bearing to those law enforcement officers assigned to schools and pray they do their job. To those who have lost someone to school shootings, I sympathize with you and pray for you. May God rest those we’ve lost to such injustice.

By David Harris

I was born on January 31, 1992. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2015 with a B.S. My major was Communications, with a concentration in Print & Web Journalism. My minor was English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Writing is my passion. Iโ€™m a book lover. I prefer to to be called a Booklion rather than a bookworm. Why- lions are mightier.
My first love is Jesus Christ. I was raised in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. No we are not a cult. We are Christians who worship on Saturday.
I have been stuttering since I was four, but through Christ I have persevered through it and will continue to do so. Iโ€™m not thing with Him.
Singing is another passion of mine. God blessed with me with the gift of song, which I am grateful for.

8 replies on “To Bear or Not To Bear Arms”

Its like giving the teachers a right to kill the students passport!!!! What in the world? Hmm we need to keep our eyes and ears open! These are the last days! We need to continue to watch, pray and be ready because Jesus is coming! Thank you for sharing and giving your view on this! God bless and keep you under his anointing in Jesus Name! Amen! Xx

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Itโ€™s quite crazy isnโ€™t it? The only good thing about this is that itโ€™s a sign that Christ is returning soon. Thank you for commenting. I wasnโ€™t sure if I should post this, but Iโ€™m glad I did. God Bless.

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David, I think that instead of arming teachers, effort should be focused on the provision of more security officers to protect the schools. Teachers have too much to do already. Yes, with all the things that are happening these days, the coming of Christ is closer than we think. Just look at all the countries and their nuclear capabilities.

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