How long before we hear the latest installment of the gun advocates argument that school faculty members should carry weapons in school?
The old debate whether arming teachers would make school safer has been raised since the deplorable 1999 Columbine shooting and trotted out after every tragic school shooting.
Including by President Trump who has trotted out that old trope once again after the latest mass school shooting in Florida, suggestion that arming teachers is a solution to increasing school safety.
The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting reinvigorated the push to get more guns in schools, because according to Larry Pratt the executive director of Gun Owners of America: “ If educators carried guns the massacre at Sandy Hook could have been avoided.”
With that logic, than answering the question posed by this vintage illustration above is a big resounding “yes” teachers should carry guns in the classroom even shotguns.
Of course this cartoon question taken from a 1948 advertisement for sound proofing ceiling tiles was posed in a more innocent time. The notion of a gun totin’ teacher was so ludicrous it was meant to elicit a guffaw more than a raised eyebrow.
When this ad ran, long before mass shootings became the norm in America the biggest threat a teacher worried about apparently was noise disturbance in the classroom.
“Should Teachers Have Shotguns to Get Quiet in the Classroom? the headline asks the reader innocently.
We don’t think so, because thousands of schools across the country have proved there’s an easier way to get quiet-
Sound conditioning with Acousti- Celotex.
Sound conditioning blots up noise …sharpens attention and …eases the nerves of pupils and teacher.
Despite what some assert, advocating for more guns to protect against mass school shootings, guns will not ease the nerves of pupils and teachers.
This debate distracts from the essential discussion on ways to curb violence in school before it begins.
Nope, more guns don’t add up to more safety in the classroom.
© Sally Edelstein and Envisioning The American Dream, 2018.