Taking Gun Rights Too Far

A Republican state senator from Nevada has proposed giving teachers firearm training, then licensing them to carry a gun in the classroom. His rationale is that this will “stem a rise in school violence.”

I am a high school teacher. Next to my desk, I keep a can of compressed air that I use to clean my keyboard periodically. The directions on this can read, in part, “DO NOT INVERT OR SHAKE.” When the can is inverted, of course, freezing cold gas comes out rather than a burst of air. A few weeks ago, one of my students took this can, inverted it, and sprayed it on his arm for several seconds, leaving a burn.

I will leave it to Sen. Beers to connect the dots.

Nev. Politician: Let Teachers Pack Heat

2 thoughts on “Taking Gun Rights Too Far

  1. Mike Post author

    Wow. I am a pro gun rights kind of person, but I think this is a bit ridiculous. It is as if they are inviting something to happen. As a student, I would feel more threatened and afraid if I knew the teacher had a gun with them in the classroom. Not to mention the fact that now a student wouldn’t have to sneak a gun into school. Now they could just assault their teacher, taking the teacher’s gun away.

    Finally, how do we train the teachers to know when the use of deadly force is justified, and when it is not? Wouldn’t the school be responsible if the gun was used in an instance when it wasn’t necessary? Guns should not be allowed on school grounds unless carried by law enforcement.

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  2. Mike Post author

    Wow. I am a pro gun rights kind of person, but I think this is a bit ridiculous. It is as if they are inviting something to happen. As a student, I would feel more threatened and afraid if I knew the teacher had a gun with them in the classroom. Not to mention the fact that now a student wouldn’t have to sneak a gun into school. Now they could just assault their teacher, taking the teacher’s gun away.

    Finally, how do we train the teachers to know when the use of deadly force is justified, and when it is not? Wouldn’t the school be responsible if the gun was used in an instance when it wasn’t necessary? Guns should not be allowed on school grounds unless carried by law enforcement.

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