President Obama supports legislation banning assault weapons, along with other gun control measures. While I respect the President and our government, I don’t think banning weapons is necessarily the best option.
Timothy McVeigh didn’t use a single firearm in his attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. However, he killed 168 innocent people, and nineteen children under the age of six. On top of those killed, 680 more were injured. Guns are not the problem. Murderers will murder with or without a gun.
Instead of banning guns, what if they were encouraged? In 2007, a school district in Harrold, Texas made a decision which allowed teachers to carry concealed weapons on school grounds to protect students against potential shooters. The superintendent of the school system says that teachers “need to be here to protect our children. Not four, five minutes or six minutes from now.” He supports the teachers acting as first responders.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Tennessee is considering training and arming teachers much like the schools in Texas. State Senator Frank Niceley is introducing legislation that would require all schools to have an armed staff member of some kind.
What do y’all think about gun control?