Gun controversy continues

In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, state legislators across the country have been working effortlessly to find “solutions” to the gun problem that has swept America in recent weeks.

The newest development is a claim by Texas governor Rick Perry that school administrators and teachers should legally be permitted to carry licensed, concealed weapons in the hallways to protect students. The lieutenant governor modified the governor’s statements, advocating that schools should be permitted to offer special, state-funded weapons training for selected school officials. Additionally, a Dallas state representative has proposed legislation to create positions at schools for armed “marshals,” whose responsibility would be to defend any attack on the school.

All of these would be drastic changes to the current public school gun policy, in which no one is allowed to have a gun on school grounds. However, certain districts can vote to permit school officials to bring licensed weapons to school.

The legislation that is being presented to the Texas state Congress is one of the first signs of major changes to come across a nation that is battling the principles of gun rights and gun protection, particularly in public schools.

Do guns have a proper place in schools if they are in the “right” hands? If a law like this is passed, what kind of backlash could we see from people who disagree with children being near guns whatsoever? Is there any middle ground that provides protection for students without immediate fears/dangers being present?


3 Comments on “Gun controversy continues”

  1. Ali Bleakley says:

    There will be people who are both unsatisfied and fearful regardless of the legislation. If guns are allowed in schools, people will fear their presence, but if guns are not allowed in schools, people will fear having no means of protection. I don’t think a middle ground exists because both opinions on gun laws ensue controversy. This is just a perilous issue our country is going to have to work through. No matter what kind of laws are passed, a bulk of the population will be unhappy, but we can hope that all the media attention placed on these gun laws will make people more aware and weary of them. The fear of the law and the fear of firearms can be equal. Increasing safety will be a long process because the backlash that follows legislation will result in more legislation. I believe freedom of speech is more powerful than all the laws here because people are speaking about an issue they believe in and it is bringing about a change in the law, regardless of whether this change is in tune with what all the people believe.

  2. Tiffany Ellington says:

    There will always be controversy when it comes to guns and gun laws. Since the mass murders are happening more often legislation feels they need to act, and quick, probably why this law is up for grabs. I think that it is a great idea to have special, trained people in schools to help protect them. It is not just strangers that come into schools armed, it is children too, so these people will need to understand the risk and the consequences that could happen before this takes place. I believe that something needs to change with the public school system and their safety, it is just hard to decide what is most important.

  3. Eli Watkins says:

    Who are the “right” hands? Columbine had an armed guard. Or more recently, Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona led a team composed partially of former criminals and sex offenders to demonstrate how a school could be protected with a trained and armed group. I seriously don’t trust the judgment of those who would seek to carry guns in schools. I would guess than if such a measure were passed many people would move out of the district, and those that couldn’t would still feel very uncomfortable sending their child to a school teeming with guns.If we’re going to spend money on our schools, why don’t we just make them better schools? Why don’t we improve the community surrounding them?

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