Consider this, dear reader, an unofficial part two to my article regarding wanting America to pull its finger out and figure out how to enforce gun laws or at least gun control. Part way through that original article I wanted to encounter the topic of teachers having guns in the classroom but found I struggled to enforce a serious enough tone to which to convey the absurdity and somewhat vomit inducing irony that seemed to ooze out of the very notion.
Putting a gun physically into a school sounds like a worse idea than the time I decided to, while off my face, take a 1am walk around Digbeth in Birmingham – famed for hosting smack heads, street gangs and a guy that fought moving cars…and won. All you have done is make it easier for potential shooters. Linebacker Brad no longer needs to worry about sneaking a gun into the building because he can just overpower Mrs. Jones, the science teacher, and take the gun she has ‘for safety purposes’.
In the wake of the Parkland shooting that left seventeen students of Stoneman Douglas High School dead, we have heard a lot of people express a lot of ideas about how to end these sorts of school shootings. Although, arguably, the dumbest has come from the National Rifle Association, who says that the answer is to give teachers guns. And if you don’t believe me, a Californian teacher, who is a reserve police officer, accidentally fired a gun and injured a student in gun safety class.
Dennis Alexander, the reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department in question, was teaching a lesson at Seaside High School in Seaside when he pointed his gun into the ceiling and accidentally fired it, said Abdul Pridgen, the city’s police chief. The 17-year-old student was injured by a bullet fragment or by debris that fell from the ceiling.
See, if we were to arm teachers to stop the possible shootings that could take place, it would not just be any teacher; it would be teachers trained in the safe use of firearms – like a reserve police officer who teaches gun safety. So this Keystone Cop who accidentally fired his gun during a gun safety course is the NRA’s answer to keeping these children safe. One of the people who thought that arming teachers was a good idea was the father of the injured student. Though he surprisingly has since changed his mind on the matter.
Gonzales said the incident involving his son at Seaside High School changed his views about President Donald Trump’s recent proposal to arm teachers. “I was kinda leaning toward having armed people in school in case something happened. After today, I get why people say there should be no guns in schools,” Gonzales said. “If there’s an accident — people could die. If it’s just one, that’s more than enough,” he added.
Just acknowledging that someone got injured in a school by a gun is not a reassuring message – that the US government is acting in a way that builds an awe of admiration. Instead, what the message we are getting says is ‘WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WE ARE DOING!!’ scrawled on the walls in an Arby’s in purple wax crayon.
This past Wednesday (14th March 2018) students across America performed a mass walkout. Most left their classrooms for 17 minutes in total (a minute for every life that was lost in Parkland shooting) while others took the whole day as some schools closed for the entire day, pre-warned of the demonstration. During this mass walkout, or at least the footage and news coverage I have seen, there is a slight change happening in America at the moment. Out over on the horizon we can hear, faintly, the sound of drums. A power struggle – not quite a war but certainly a hefty fight – is building as young people seem to be stepping forward and taking a stand. After all they, and the teachers, are the people who are going to suffer first hand in another school shooting. Everyone else – the parents, and community – suffer in the aftermath.
Throughout the past few years with the, what seems like, increase of gun violence in the United States it is clear to see why now more than ever something has to change. I understand that is difficult to change a whole nations outlook but surely the lives of children matter more. I find myself awake at night questioning whether this actually factors in or, if more darkly, they simply do not care.
Teachers having guns, no matter what type of gun it is is still an moronic and ill-founded idea. There seems to be a lack of clear thought put into the idea of ‘gun control’ and instead we are left with powder kegs and a box of matches. What could go wrong?
It all seems like a form of sick joke. Some personal relations group for the NRA spitballing ideas on how to lessen gun violence. Dave says; ‘Maybe we should arm the students?’ before Joe laughs; ‘No, one better, the teachers.’ The whole room falls silent and everyone looks at each other and nods vigourously. Suddenly visions of the Hunger Games are all too real and we are awaiting our Katniss Everdeen to help liberate us from this system of madness. As Alexander Hamilton once said; ‘When the government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defence — to fight the government’.
I will acknowledge that the view looks different when sat across an ocean and looking in on the situation rather than being in the heart of it. I understand the somewhat legal issues and the social norms and values being questioned. It just seems like someone did the maths wrong and instead of getting four when added two and two, they are instead getting three thousand, eight hundred and nine. I fear that America will not learn from these events and will keep falling over its untied shoelaces, only to get back up and attempt to runaway from the injustice it has dealt its people.
Overall, someone is going to have to give in the stalemate between government and the sound wall of the future generation of world leaders as they come steaming down the tracks. Change is a natural part of life and could be made, for better and worse.
Here is to a brighter tomorrow; a tomorrow where students and staff are not scared to enter into schools. Where lives are not torn apart because of ‘mentally unstable’ people who have access to guns; either through purchasing them or stealing them.
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