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Is arming teachers with guns the answer?

No, probably not. You have been hearing so much about how this recent tragic event was the worst SHOOTING in an elementary school in United States history, but what you are NOT hearing is that the fact that this is still not the worst school violence that has occurred in the United States.

The worst school massacre was the result of a bombing. It occurred in 1927 in Bath, Michigan. 45 people were killed--38 of them children between the ages of 7-11. 60 others were seriously injured.

A teacher with a gun would not have been able to stop that.

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bauerle/disaster.htm

 

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/history/bath/cries_5.html

 

 

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layh41407

Asked by layh41407 at 8:34 AM on Dec. 15, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Absolutely not! the answer lies with gun control!
    older

    Answer by older at 8:36 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 9:01 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • Gun control won't work. If it did, then the control of drugs would have worked too. No, criminals always have what law abiding citizens don't. Then, we are at the mercy of criminals with guns as those of us who follow the rules are unarmed and unprotected. Evil finds a way to do harm no matter what mechanism they choose to use. This isn't about guns. It is about coping. The gun is a symptom of a deeper issue. Parents have to teach their children that they will fail. People won't like them. They will make mistakes. They will have successes. No, the universe does NOT revolve around you. Be a giver not a taker. Have ways to cope when things don't go your way. Have ways to fix your mistakes. Learn to apologize. Then, guns aren't the answer to solving problems.

    As a teacher, I would use a gun in an instant to protect my students. But, all I get to do is hide and hope a crazy person doesn't find us.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 9:02 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • Charlotsomtimes

    That is why I asked this question. I think that was a hair trigger reaction--"Let's arm teachers!"

    Sadly, Violence in schools is not new.

    May all of those--from Bath, Columbine, Jonesboro, VA Tech to Newtown, CT Rest in Peace.

    layh41407

    Comment by layh41407 (original poster) at 9:12 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • Arming individuals that either aren't comfortable or aren't willing to use a weapon is not the answer, IMO.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:39 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • I don't think so. He took the office staff by surprise and he obviously new what he was doing. What if the teacher tried to shoot him and missed are they then held accountable for not being a good enough shot, or taking too long to react. This guy knew what he wanted to do, he had a plan.

    RyansMom001

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:42 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • Comparing gun control to drug control is ridiculous! the fact of the matter is that gun control has not been tested yet, and we have plenty of evidence to say that if these guns were not readily available, ones that could kill 20 or more at a time, this tragedy would have been in a smaller scale, it will not prevent it completely because evil lives among us in the form of mental illness or whatever, but it would certainly would not have been this bad....
    older

    Answer by older at 9:45 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • It's like getting more rats to fight the plague
    Mrs_Prissy

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 9:49 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • If a teacher is legally registered and has a permit, is comfortable with a fire arm and the school staff is aware and ok then I have no issue with teachers exercising their right to be armed.
    HHx5

    Answer by HHx5 at 9:55 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • Just what we need more guns!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:04 AM on Dec. 15, 2012

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