Let me start off by stating that I really didn’t want to write another column on school shootings. But some of the public discourse surrounding Parkland has been...ill-conceived, irrational and reactionary. At best.
Many politicians, from the executive branch to state senators in North Carolina, have proposed the idea of arming teachers. The idea is that teachers with guns can protect students and potentially diffuse active shooter situations.
There are hundreds of schools that currently arm teachers. For teachers in Ohio and Texas, gun accessibility ranges from secured safes to open carry. At most of these schools, there has not been an active shooter on campus, and guns have not been used at all. Not only is this largely a waste of money, but it’s unfair to teachers.
Teachers are entrusted with the heavy burden of teaching and nurturing students, and you want to add to that weight by giving them guns? It’s hard enough to teach students, much less with the knowledge you might have to shoot someone (potentially a student) to protect them.
Additionally, N.C. ranks fourth lowest in teacher pay. We can’t arm teachers with a competitive wage, but we can arm them with Glocks?