Don't give teachers guns

Gun advocates are wrong. Arming teachers will not keep schoolchildren safe from gun violence. Why? Because only people who possess guns commit gun violence. Unarmed people do not commit gun violence.

The belief that more armed citizens will prevent gun violence is hype, wishful thinking and a marketing ploy to increase gun sales. There are already more than 250 million gun owners in the United States. If more than 250 million gun owners could not prevent the Newtown, Conn., massacre or the Colorado movie theater shooting, how can arming a few teachers prevent gun violence in schools? Answer: It can’t!

As long as there are humans in possession of guns, there will be gun violence. No one, including schoolchildren, will be safe. Arming teachers is an abdication of civility and a capitulation to barbarism.

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