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An Armed Utah Elementary Teacher Accidentally Shot Herself At School

President Trump thinks he has the most fabulous solution to mass shootings at schools: Give teachers guns! This is such a terrible idea that Police, Teachers, Veterans, Students, and most people who can either think logically or who don’t take money from the NRA, have come out to say “are you serious?”

“Anyone who hasn’t received the extensive training provided to law enforcement officers will likely be mentally unprepared to take a life, especially the life of a student assailant,” Mo Canady, the executive director of the National Association for School Resource Officers―the group that trains and represents school cops–said in a statement.

There was also another issue Canady was concerned about. If law enforcement has to respond quickly to an active shooter, they will fire upon any person they see holding a gun. They aren’t going to stop and ask “are you a good guy with a gun or a bad guy with a gun.”

But it’s not just police who might accidentally shoot teachers. It’s teachers too.

For instance, in 2014, Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery, a teacher at Westbrook Elementary School in Taylorsville, Utah, accidentally shot herself in the leg before school hours. She resigned.

“Neither the district nor school can restrict access to our campuses for concealed weapons permit holders,” Principal Karen Chatterton wrote in the letter at the time “While this can be a highly emotional issue, we encourage you to have civil dialogue with our elected officials.”

Utah is one of the only states that allow people to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.

There was also an instructor at Idaho State University who shot himself in the foot when his weapon accidentally discharged during a chemistry lab, in front of students.

Most teachers don’t have guns, or have the training required. Sure, Trump wants them trained, but those two teachers were, and they only managed to protect students from their lower extremities.

And that was just in two states where residents may be more literate in gun safety. Trump wants to arm anywhere between 10% and 40% of teachers in America. That’s a lot of people who have never held guns before bringing them into classrooms.

 

Cyrus Massoumi
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