It’s getting to be common place that people and yes, teachers are beginning to get training and arm themselves to ward off any would be attack on their classrooms. It is understandable when you step back a look at the growing concern parents and teachers face when it comes to this topic. To defend or go with the flow, like sheep to the slaughter. That is how some folks put it. And they may be right. To a degree.
The class room is a sanctuary of learning, a safe haven for our children to come together and learn and grow into responsible adults. At least that is what it is supposed to be. Yet almost every week we hear about an attack or a thwarted attempt on our schools somewhere in the country. And the problem doesn’t seem to be going away either. Soft-target demographics need to be addressed more constructively and openly. We need not be listening to the far left or right on this issue but to the softer voice of reason and practicality which lies in the middle of this debate.
74 schools have been attacked since Sandyhook.
According to the Huffinton Post
Since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week, according to data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group fighting to end gun violence.
Including Tuesday’s incident at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon, 74 school shootings have taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown shooting. The average school year typically lasts about 180 days, which means there have been roughly 270 school days, or 54 weeks, of class since the shooting at Newtown. With 74 total incidents over that period, the nation is averaging well over a shooting per school week.
The data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety also shows that these shootings have occurred throughout the country. In all, 31 states have had an incident of gun violence at a school. Georgia has witnessed far more incidents than others, with 10 happening at schools there since Sandy Hook. There have been seven school shootings in Florida, five in Tennessee, four in North Carolina and four in California.
The majority of the school shootings, 39, have taken place at K-12 schools. The remainder of them have happened at colleges or universities.
Not surprisingly, schools tend to be safer when they are not in session. The longest gap between school shootings appears between mid-June and mid-August of 2013, which falls during summer break, when the majority of students are not enrolled in classes. Other gaps of weeks or longer fall during periods when schools are typically on winter, spring or summer breaks.
Which bring me to my next point. Should teachers be mandated and training in gun safety and handling. It seems to me that if a would be assailant knew in advance that a facility he or she was considering on attacking, might just think twice before going in and scaring, hurting or even killing fellow students, knowing in the back of their minds that members of faculty are not just armed, but trained to defend without prejudice. (That’s just my opinion, though). Granted I wish every state had a right to carry law that required every individual to go through extensive training to do so. (Again, that’s just my opinion).
However, it seems that some states and school districts are taking this subject very seriously and the statistics are showing it.
Granted I’m not a big advocate for killing people, but I do draw a line at when our children, teachers, and the such come under attack for no good reason. But to the criminal them-self, that is.
Truly, I’m not real sure what the answer should be. But I can say for sure, that I believe in our second amendment to our constitution. The right to bear arms. That every man, woman and child (Yes Child, of responsible age and character. Meaning that of a balanced demeanor. Like an Eagle Scout, or a member of a Police Dept. Explorers program), everyone has a right to defend themselves.
And with crimes of hate and opportunity on the increase, I feel now is a good time to open the topic up for debate. Who knows, maybe you and your thoughts will make a difference and even save a life. Even the life of the criminal them-self.
Even teachers in other countries are taking this issue very seriously. So why aren’t we?
From the World News Agency.
Pakistani teachers handle various firearms during a weapons training session for school, college and university teachers at a police training centre in Peshawar…
A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images
Sincerely IHS and yours,
The Most Rev. Dr. Andrew R. M. Manley
Note: These comments and opinions are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the views and opinions of the Holy See of Antioch nor the Holy See of Antioch Celtic Cross Foundation of Ministry or it’s entities.