Following the attack in a school in Parkland, Florida, the issue of gun ownership bubbles up once again. Whereas Obama used to be in great favor of gun control, Trump’s stance is at odds. He demands the right for teachers to own guns so that they could defend themselves and their pupils and deter perpetrators from attacking schools.
Not all Americans agree with the President: Chris Magnus thinks otherwise. He believes expanding the number of people with guns will come out onto a dangerous environment. Even if teachers are taught how to use guns, no one is safe from accidents given that stress can gain the upper hand.
Even police officers struggle to keep a cool head during an attack and may sometimes miss their target despite their hard training. Hence, arming teachers may not be the brightest idea to guarantee more safety.
The right to own guns may refer to the Second Amendment of the American Constitution and may be considered as a major freedom, but the right to life may be even more significant.
Structure de l’article:
- In the wake of the recent attack in a school in Parkland, Florida, Trump denounced teachers being unarmed and unaware about guns in schools. Indeed, he advocates better knowledge of arms would deter perpetrators from going on this kind of killing spree. Those declarations were obviously done on Twitter.
- Those claims have been endorsed by Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA. Having guns in schools would, according to him, decrease the risk to face such attacks.
- However, the police chief of Tuscon, Chris Magnus, seems to differ on this issue. Indeed, he deems the fact of having guns in schools a “bad idea”.
- He expands on his standpoint by three striking arguments. First, the number of American teachers is significant. Arming them would lead to an increase of three to five million-armed people. Thus, it is very unlikely parents would be keen on letting their children live in this dangerous environment.
- The second point raised is that most of perpetrators wish to end their killing spree by killing themselves. Therefore, being in front of armed teachers won’t be a useful tool to deter them.
- Finally, even though teachers are taught to use guns, no one can bet their fear won’t get the best of them. Then, in those stressful situations, they may lose control of their weapon and unintentionally hurt civilians.
- According to Magnus, Americans should rely more on their police forces who, contrary to popular belief, are not allowed to use their guns in numerous cases. Moreover, they may act unexpectedly like hypothetical armed teachers.
- Despite the lack of statistics, New York police officers are well-trained so that they, most of the time, don’t miss their targets. Still, we may acknowledge stressful situations increase the risk to miss their target.
- Although quite unlikely, the risk of an accident can’t be ignored, and it has been a true story in New York in 2012 when police officers accidentally wounded nine bystanders.
- If it happens with trained police officers, what will happen with armed teachers? We can easily imagine the worst.
- That is why, the best way to bring down the curtain of this type of slaughter is to prevent people from having guns and relentlessly track down those who have the right to own one.
- LaPierre pretends prohibiting the right to own guns infringe on Americans’ freedom. But this right hinders people to enjoy of the most valuable human thing: life. Consequently, a law would only give back the right of life to most American civilians.
America is torn between two stances: either allow gun control or let the right of gun ownership prevail. Trump enters judgement for the freedom to own guns, but a new CNN poll revealed 70% of Americans back stricter gun laws. It is vital to hear the advantages of a new legislation in order to put a halt to such appalling attacks.
- Guns kill an American every 20 minutes.
- According to the Second Amendment of the American Constitution, each citizen is entitled to “keep and bear arms”.
- The NRA (1871) is the powerful lobby that defends the absence of control on guns.
President Trump on Thursday repeated his call for “highly trained” schoolteachers to pack heat in their classrooms. If they were armed, the president said, they could fire back immediately at school shooters like the young man with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle who took 17 lives in Parkland, Fla. Beyond that, he tweeted, the knowledge that teachers have guns of their own would deter “the sicko” from heading to a school in the first place. With his usual fondness for capital letters, he added, “ATTACKS WOULD END!”
Thus did Mr. Trump parrot a tired shibboleth repeated once again on Thursday by Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. “To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun,” Mr. LaPierre told a gathering of conservative activists. Actually, it’s hard to tell who was parroting whom. The president said much the same in a morning tweetstorm that said “a ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people.”
Let’s ask someone who’s in the trenches every day what he thinks of arming teachers. “It’s hard to begin to count the number of ways this is a bad idea,” said Chris Magnus, police chief of Tucson.
For starters, the number of gunslinging educators would be huge. In the United States, there are about 3.5 million elementary and secondary school teachers in public and private institutions. Arming 20 percent of them, as Mr. Trump suggested, would mean 700,000 or so teachers with Glocks and the like on their hips — an armed force half as large as America’s real armed forces on active duty. One can envision parents with the means to do so swiftly yanking their children out of that sort of environment.
More to the point, many deranged mass murderers expect to die themselves during their killing sprees. It’s almost laughable to believe that the president’s proposal would deter them. “Why would we think someone who has those kinds of problems is going to make rational decisions based on the fact that someone in the school might be armed?” Chief Magnus said.
And then there’s this inescapable reality: Teachers are human. It means they would most likely react to stress-induced fear the same as anyone else, with unintended consequences that could put even more people in peril.
You want people highly trained in the use of firearms? The New York Police Department has about 36,000 of them. Generally, despite an impression held by some people, they are restrained in firing their weapons. But in high-stress situations, they’re human, too. “Police officers miss a lot in combat situations,” said John Cerar, a former commanding officer of the department’s firearms and tactics section.
Nationwide statistics on police shooting accuracy are not to be found. But if New York is typical, analyses show that its officers hit their targets only one-third of the time. And during gunfights, when the adrenaline is really pumping, that accuracy can drop to as low as 13 percent. While Mr. Cerar thinks armed teachers could provide some deterrence, he said that experience shows, “Whatever you do, there’s going to be a problem associated with it.”
One problem is shooting bystanders. It isn’t routine, but it does happen. To cite just one example, from 2012, two New York officers shot and killed a gunman on a busy street outside the Empire State Building. But they also wounded nine other people who were hit directly or struck by shrapnel from ricochets.
It takes little imagination to foresee a situation in which a frightened teacher, thrown into a combat situation — in a crowded space like a school hallway or classroom — wounds students in the process of trying to take out a gunman.
The best way to prevent the threat of a bad guy with a gun is to keep him from getting the sort of battlefield weapon the Parkland killer used, by banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and by tightening background checks.
In his remarks, the mendacious Mr. LaPierre said gun restriction advocates seek to “eradicate all individual freedoms.” In fact, sensible gun laws would give people, especially children, a better chance to enjoy the first of the inalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence: life.