Arming teachers is a potential solution that increases the everyday risk of students and staff.
From 2006-2016, almost 6,885 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings. In 2016 alone, there were 495 incidents of accidental firearm deaths.
If we have money from the NRA for paying teachers to carry firearms, we should be talking about using that money to/for preventing active shooters.
“The NRA’s mission statement, summarized from its bylaws, is: “To protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially with reference to the inalienable right of the individual American citizen guaranteed by such Constitution to acquire, possess, collect, exhibit, transport, carry, transfer ownership of, and enjoy the right to use arms.” The statement also includes a focus on promoting public safety, training in the safe and efficient handling of small arms, hunter safety, and shooting sport promotion.”
The money can be used for “promoting public safety” which can arguably include:
(1) teaching complex thinkers – teaching students how to #THINK and ask questions, so they do not blindly follow the instructions of another person (PUBLIC SAFETY);
(2) teaching individuals how to be mindful, especially when making choices on how we interact with one another (PUBLIC SAFETY)
(3) proper implementation of and support of practices like PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports https://www.pbis.org) (PUBLIC SAFETY)
There are many ways that public safety can be addressed. The NRA is not the enemy. FEAR is the enemy. Be mindful of our fears. Be mindful of the fact that when we are in fear, our higher levels of thinking are blocked, as we prepare for fight, flight, or freeze. Be mindful of the fact that we justify our actions. Be aware that we are not trained to be mindful and to dig deep. Be mindful that our lights have been dimmed.
Linked Article: “North Carolina teachers who carry guns to school could get a pay raise under a new bill”
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