Drawing upon my 42 years of experience in teaching, I can say that arming teachers and school administrators with guns is one of the dumbest ideas of the many thoughts put forward by our president and other politicians beholden to the NRA. My insights on this topic are anecdotal. By expressing them I run the risk of people on Fox News and their acolytes telling me, “Shut up and teach.”
In order to be a certified educator I had to take classes in the methods of teaching. It is a reasonable assumption that teachers would have to take classes in how to handle, secure and shoot guns. It is another fair assumption that teachers who carry guns would receive a stipend for doing so. In other words, in an environment where public schools have difficulty funding the Three R’s let alone art, music or physical education, school boards are now going to pay to have educators carry guns.
Where would I store a gun safely? In my room? Well, I am often away from my room in the course of a day. A classroom is a busy place, with lots of comings and goings. Teachers and administrators will be no different than other adults who lose track where they place things. (How many adults forget that they have their gun with them when they go to an airport? How many children have gotten a hold of a gun that an adult supposedly secured? Teachers will seldom neglect to secure their gun, but once will be too much.
Most importantly, teachers are not trained first responders. How will they react in chaotic situations? In the past when shootings occurred in movie theaters I often thought I would not want to be in such a place with armed patrons firing away at the culprits. As a teacher I think first of protecting my students, not shooting at some intruder, whom I may have taught at one point.
Universal background checks, a ban on mechanisms that make firearms automatic, and limiting the sale of some sizes of ammunition clips are reasonable steps to limit mass killing where people congregate.