You DON'T introduce the gun to the classroom, like you've been told repeatedly.When you introduce a gun, the dynamic changes. I have students who have had parents killed by guns (murder-suicide, for example). I had a student once whose mother put a shotgun in her mouth and pulled the trigger. One of my friends in high school was sitting on a couch when his stepfather fired his weapon and the bullet lodged in the wall barely six inches from my friend's ear. The mentality children have towards guns is different, but it's always cautious and for some children, based upon past experiences, outright fear. As someone who has been around guns yourself, I'm sure you understand what it means to be cautious around a gun, even if you don't understand being afraid of them.
Good Lord!So when the children know that one or many teachers are now carrying a gun, the dynamic in the class changes. Are the students behaving because of the respect which I discussed earlier, or are they behaving because they know there is a gun nearby? Are their actions the result of respect for me or fear from the gun? To give a similar example, if a police officer walked up to you and asked you to put on a pair of handcuffs because you were a suspect in a rape case, would you do it? Probably not, neither would I. We would likely be indignant and plead our innocence. But if the police officer drew their weapon and advanced upon you in an aggressive fashion, taking time only to throw handcuffs to you telling you to put them on, would you be more likely to do it? Of course you would, so would I.
Again, the children do NOT have to know about the gun.So it goes in the classroom. The children need to know the teacher is treating them normally, and not with an inflated sense of self-worth, brought about by carrying a firearm. And a teacher needs to know the children are behaving due to the respectful relationship formed between teacher and student, and not because of a gun.
You don't even make sense. The gun cannot do anything without a person to load it and pull the trigger. I'll bet that you come in contact with people all the time who are carrying and you don't even know. Why are you so fearful?The gun changes the dynamic of the situation. It always will, because the gun possess an ability no human being posses...the ability to kill immediately, instantaneously and from a distance. The gun will always change the dynamic of the situation it is in, regardless of whether it is fired or not. Even the knowledge a gun might be present changes the dynamic. You can argue otherwise, but you would be wrong. Don't believe me? Take the advice gun supporters always give and walk down the bad streets of Chicago sometime, unarmed. My bet is the knowledge a gun might be present will have you on edge far more than when you're at your local shopping mall carrying your weapon.
This is just a repeat of what you keep saying repeatedly. The rest of this post is just annoying whining, so I chose to ignore it.A gun changes the dynamic. This is just one reason teachers should not be armed (and there are others). If you want to place police officers in the school, I'm okay with that, I'll probably support that. At which point you get your armed adults and I get my teachers without guns. We're both happy and the children are safe. Which is what we both want, is it not?