Arming teachers is a valid, necessary discussion

I am not a member of the NRA, never have been. I do not own any guns. Never have. I am not a teacher, but my daughter is.

I am, however, retired from the Army after 36 years.

You may hate the NRA, but not everything they say is wrong. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. When there is a person shooting people somewhere, do you call the firefighters, members of the clergy, physical education teachers, politicians? No.

You call the police. Why? Everyone I listed are good guys who want to help, but the police are good guys with guns.

Your action of who you would call proves the truth of the statement, “Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.”

However, I am going modify their statement to “Only a good guy with a gun can stop an active shooter.”

The goal should be to stop bad guys with guns from becoming active shooters. If we can prevent people from becoming active shooters, we won’t need the good guys with guns so much.

As far as arming teachers, that is a tricky solution. It can be very hard to kill another human being, even in self-defense. Even teachers who would volunteer to carry might find it difficult to pull the trigger.

If I were a teacher, with my 36 years in the Army, I would want to carry, just for my own protection if nothing else.

The question is, would I just play defense? Meaning staying in the classroom with my students and only engage the shooter if they came into my classroom. Or would I play offense? Meaning I leave my students, thereby leaving them defenseless, and try to hunt down the shooter.

If I was a teacher who carried, I would want the police to issue me a vest I could wear when needed with Teacher Defender, or something like that, on it so they don’t shoot me.

I also would want to train with the resource officer so they would be comfortable having me back them up until more help arrived. Two defenders are better than one, plus there may be more than one shooter.

There would be a lot of training needed so nervous defensive teachers don’t shoot at police when they enter a classroom to clear it and police don’t shoot teachers in the hallways.

And what about the teacher who fires at the shooter but hits another teacher or student instead?

There are a lot of risks with teachers carrying guns in schools. Do they outweigh the risks of schools being the soft targets they currently are? I don’t know. But it is a discussion and decision every school should have for itself.