Run, last couple of years, there have

Run, there’s nowhere to hide. Guns have become an immense issue among politicians and fellow concerned citizens. Over the last couple of years, there have been events in which its villainous nature we vow never to repeat again and yet it happens. It has cascaded from movie theaters, concerts, nightclubs, churches and now schools. The one place you consider to be safe just isn’t what it’s meant to be anymore. Furthermore, how would one feel if they found the entire staff at the school was carrying a concealed weapon?
Nothing scares the average human more than cold hard facts. Vox depicts a map of the U.S. since the Sandy Hook tragedy in which we vowed never to repeat again sadly states 1,857 mass shootings have occurred. Since last checked the number has increased by two.
As we approach closer to a new year, it must be addressed 259 people have lost their lives due to this while 1,111 individuals have been wounded in 271 mass shooting this year! Could arming educators and or staff be the way to help avoid this from ever happening on a school campus? Odds are it isn’t. Educators became scholars to help shape young minds not to carry guns around as a police officer would. Although, the second amendment states a person has the right to carry and bear arms, would it be the right choice to allow and force them to carry their own concealed weapon on school grounds?
The president has ridiculed gun free zones such as schools claiming “violence and danger are given an open invitation to enter.” Not only is this poor lack of vocable but it could not be far from the truth. The big issue being the attainment of weaponry and the insufficient safety a school has. No matter if a school is considered public or private, the two main things they must focus on is the education and safety of their pupils.
According to Trincoll, Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie inducted a bill called The Safe Student Act to the House of Representatives early 2017.
The proposed bill was to “repeal the Gun-Free Zones Act of 1990 and amendments to that act.” The Gun-Free Zones of 1990 was implicated to reduce gun violence around public, churches, and schools both public and private. Americans might not know that those who carry while in a gun-free zone other than an officer of the peace will be fined.
Gun regulations vary depending on the country you reside in. The New York Times composed an article which compares the process of obtaining a firearm between 15 countries including the United States. 9 out of 15 countries listed on the article make it a requirement to have some sort of mental health screenings. The United States is not one of them. Germany only makes this a necessary requirement if the person who applied to get a firearm is currently under the age of 25.
Japan leads in requirements, being describing in a police report why you’re in need for a firearm, apply for a gunpowder permit, take a firearm class and pass a written test are 3 out of a total 13 steps Japanese citizens must go through in order to obtain a firearm. Yemen and the United States are the only two countries featured that have but only two requirements. The United States leads in highest gun ownership rates in the world. According to The New York Times, “roughly a third of American gun owners buy guns without a background check, which federal law does not require when buying directly from a private seller.” Gun-related epidemics could have been avoided if the United States added a mental health screening to their law.
Statistics are important when talking about a major key issue, with that being said there are always two sides to everything. February 14 is a day that will live in absolute cataclysm, 17 lives were lost. All people chose to argue about was could it have been prevented if a teacher or fellow staff member was armed and why these teens want to repeal the right to bear arms? There’s so much to think about “what if” and “buts” nothing in this life can be guaranteed.
An article on Cable News Network or CNN was published a short few days after the Parkland shooting occurred which stated schools in shows certain states arm their educators in a right manner. Faculty members in Arkansas undergo training yearly to ensure the safety of their students. Callisburg ISD, a school located in Texas has a sign that depicts “Please be aware that certain staff members at Callisburg ISD are armed, and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.” Citizens who reside in California might find it unorthodox for educators to carry guns, it’s a rather terrifying thought while in Texas it might just be taught out to be an ordinary thing. As articles are being written on the subject, what reporters absentmindedly forget to ask is the ones who it affects most. Students.
As a future reporter, it’s important to hear what young adults, teens, and kids think about matters that could dramatically the way their learning experience will be. Those who were asked agreed that allowing educators to carry firearms is not only “irresponsible” but also quite “scary”. The subjects suggested schools should increase security, implement more protocols to help students become more knowledgeable in the event it happens to them. A small number of teachers have taken initiative by keeping their doors locked at all times, purchasing specialized door stoppers that will make it easier to lock in case of an emergency.
Clarksville Superintendent David Hopkins said to 5News “Every second that ticks by are a possibility of a life lost. What we’ve gathered from this is that it can be done, it can be done right…we’ve done it now for five years. We feel good about our program and we feel like we’re in a better position now than we were before Sandy Hook.” Clarksville has successfully taught over 20 faculties and staff as armed security guards. Arkansas alike Texas have laws in which anybody can walk around with a gun on their holster. The program sounds good but what will happen when and if an unfortunate event happens. What if a student gets ahold of their teachers weapon? Although they’re teachers, are they cleared for mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder in order to carry weapons?
Marie Claire conducted interviews with various educators who gave their own inputs on a supposed law the president wants to implement.


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