Up until now I have tried to avoid weighing in on the Gun Control controversy that is occurring in the United States… but this morning I saw yet another post on Facebook advocating that even more people (in this case teachers) carry guns as a solution to the mass shootings happening with more and more regularity.
Anyone who knows me at all will know that I am anti-violence in any form, but particularly anti guns.
From my own perspective, I think the idea of school teachers being armed is one of the most disturbing concepts I have ever heard. I have been wondering what makes a person decide that the best course of action is to take a gun into a public place and start discharging it. Surely it takes a very disturbed mind to see this as their only solution to their problems. To me, such a person needs serious psychological help. Therefore, surely the best course of action is to make mental health more accessible to those who really need it. Probably easier said than done, I know. But also well within the realms of possibility.
I believe that if children grow up in a school environment whereby their teachers are carrying loaded weapons, it is sending a message that the best way to solve the problem of violence is with more violence. This is madness. You are teaching young people that guns are the solution to their problems, which to my mind just adds to the problem, not solve it.
It is very easy for me to sit on the sidelines and make commentary, but it is exactly that, that others are doing via social media which has lead me to speak out now. We all live in this world together and therefore it is up to each and every one of us to be a voice for reason. I HATE guns. Guns are created for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to inflict harm. They are not a peaceful solution… they are not even the best method of self defence. Schools are for education. What a society decides to educate their children is up to all of us. I don’t know what it would financially cost to arm teachers within the school system, but surely a better use of those resources is to provide easier more accessible counselling and means of identifying troubled young people.
I do know that there is no easy answer to this problem. But I also know that you can’t fight fire with fire. And whilst it goes against everything Americans are bought up to believe, you can’t solve all of life’s problems with bigger and bigger weapons.