Do you think that school staff members should be allowed to carry concealed weapons?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Do you think that school staff members should be allowed to carry concealed weapons?
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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 12:03pm

I was talking to my husband about the school shooting in CT and he remarked that schools should no longer be gun free zones and that school staff members should be allowed to carry a gun in order to prevent these tragedies from occurring.  I don't agree with this logic, because I think it puts kids at a greater risk to have any guns in the school.  I was interested to see what others think of this, what is your opinion?

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Registered: 09-16-2002

I think more safety measures need to be put in place, but more guns is not the solution.  Ensuring that people who are not supposed to be in the building during school hours is the first step.  You can't just make a blanket statement that teachers should be able to carry concealed weapons, I don't think a LOT of teachers would agree with that either.  Unfortunately, we live in a world where no place is safe, your home, the schools, malls, movie theatres,etc. Unless you live in in a bunker completely off the grid and away from anyone who could potentially harm you, we are all at risk just living our regular lives.  Again the toll from these shooting is far less than the lives of those taken in war.  The violence has to stop at the highest level before it will trickle down to the smallest town.

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Registered: 11-13-2008
I agree that there really is no safe place. I was thinking about this question, and realized that I didn't include something I feel is important to disclose. I was focused on elementary schools and forgot that our high school does have an armed police officer who is at the school during the day. It's not an off-duty cop or security guard, but an on-duty member of the city police force. I was worried when I first heard about it, but realized they are trained and it's to keep all the students safe.

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Registered: 01-25-2010

  No place is ever going to be safe every time.  Training you kids what to do is very important. 

dragowoman

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Registered: 01-21-2011

I'm a teacher and I don't have a clear thought on this one. I do know that a concealed carry permit requires an extensive background check - an FBI level check that delves back into juvenile records as well as adult records. If a teacher was able to carry concealed, it would be someone who has been essentially checked out far more than your average hunter or citizen. 

In general, just taking away the "gun free" zone would probably help. Station a cop or national guardsman at the curb and you're all set - everyone knows someone is paying attention and this would defer a lot of potential violence. Right now children are a very easy target sadly. 

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Registered: 05-10-2012
No way- As a retired teacher I can tell you that having a gun in the classroom could cause great stress for both the teacher and the students. Where do we keep it? How do we lock it up? WHo can unlock the gun? Why would the gun be unlocked? and hopefully never used/ Trying to keep 30 little ones calm and safe is hard enough without the added responsibility of possibly firing a gun in a classroom, filled with students and teachers and other adults THere doesn't seem to be one answer, but I believe banning automatic weapons which are designed to annihilate the enemy in battle has got to go. It;s should not be used by civilians for self-defense. Personally I'd like to see all guns regulated much more completely as welll as further, more in-depth background checks of the purchasing any gun..
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Registered: 08-22-2009

 At least one school district is already doing it.

   http://news.yahoo.com/texas-town-allows-teachers-carry-concealed-guns-081017416.html