A recent survey by The Independent newspaper found that over 50% of teachers (understandably given the behaviour of children & parent’s reluctance to give children Ritalin?) battle mental health problems – that’s almost as high as the percentage of current US presidents – which makes arming them questionable. Given that there are 3.6 million teachers in the United States, by arming them the government almost be certainly be putting a gun in the hands of a few very unstable person surrounded by unruly children.
Furthermore, a study by the University of Pennsylvania found that people who own a gun are 4.2 times more likely to be shot that unarmed people and 4.5 times more likely to be shot and killed than ordinary people.
So the teachers lives would also be dramatically endangered.
Especially given how tricky it is to operate a flame-thrower while conducting lab experiments or mice or while doing algebra…
All of which makes it entirely plausible that certain elected officials who live big houses in Washington, and the NRA, would think arming teachers is an excellent idea.
Although I think most of us will agree that by BY FAR the most surprising statistic in this article is the fact that ONLY half of teachers suffer from mental health issues.