Arm The Teachers! Protect The Students!!!
Teachers should not have to use their bodies as body armour in order to protect students. “Too late devices” such as camera’s and metal detectors don’t work. Yet actresses like Mayim Bialik, from Big Bang Theory, are asking people to vote against Congressmen supported by the NRA. CNN’s Gagliano made the comment “The Founders could not envision an 18 year old buying ‘a Weapon of War.’”
The real issue is everyone wants to point a finger at someone and blame someone else for these tragic events. When in fact this is not addressing the real issue to correct the problem. Gagliano is attempting to make people believe that the second amendment is wrong.
The Founding Fathers provided guns to 16 year olds since the Revolutionary War in 1776. Other wars, such as King William’s War in 1689, also had 16 year olds using guns to fight. The Founding Fathers did envision younger citizens having weapons. They actually wanted the citizens of the United States to have the ability to protect themselves.
In the case of the Florida school shooting, we did not allow the teachers and school personnel the ability to protect themselves or the students in their school. State laws made these teachers use their personal bodies as body armor to protect their students rather than a permanent means of protection such as a gun.
The real issue we have in the United States is that States implement laws which do not allow the citizens the ability to protect themselves. The States are failing at protecting the students in public schools and they do not allow the adults to protect the students. The safety of US citizens within public schools is not the same as private schools.
Here is another example in Illinois that shows why state government should not be involved with the safety of students in public schools. Illinois State officials decided to bypass National Safety Experts, in this case the National Fire Protection Association’s, advice for fire code in public schools. The Illinois Fire Marshall has public school districts as an exception to the National NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code). Illinois public schools do not follow the National Life Safety Code. So who makes the rules?
The Illinois State Fire Marshall goes on to say the Illinois State Board of Education makes the rules and codes for public schools in Illinois. But that is not true for Chicago Public Schools. In fact, they are yet another exception (Part 180.10(b))! Chicago Public Schools do not follow the National NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) or Health/Life Safety Glossary created by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools.
Of course, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools are all experts in Fire Code for public schools, right? They are trained with official training, right? They have experience in that area of field, right? You would think that this would be correct. When in fact the experts reside in the National Fire Protection Association, which has been disregarded by the Illinois Fire Marshall.
What is even scarier is the fact that Chicago Public Schools are not regulated by the National NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) or the Illinois State Board of Education. Who is in charge of safety for CPS students? That is a real good question. Quite frankly we do not know. Keep in mind that in Illinois private schools are obligated to follow the NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code). The National Life Safety Code is good enough for private schools but apparently this expert advice is not good enough for public schools.
The reason Illinois Fire Code was discussed above was to show that there are many safety issue’s in public school’s. The true issue in public schools is NOT GUNS. People are the problem, from the State elected officials who create the laws for schools to the mentally unstable. The tragic school shootings in Florida only emphasizes the need for the government to be focusing on treatment of the mentally unstable. as well as the laws that States have created with regards to the safety of student’s in public schools.
The Founding Fathers realized this danger and made sure protections were in place for the citizens to protect themselves. That protection is called the 2nd Amendment; The Right to Bear Arms. Guns are not the problem but they are the solution in dire situations, such as the Florida school shooting.
Teachers and school personnel should have the Right to Bear Arms, as the 2nd Amendment allows, in order to protect themselves and their students from the mentally unstable.