The NRA has suggested armed guards for schools as the answer to the Sandy Hook children’s massacre. But is the answer to a gun crime even more guns? Let’s look at the issue in its likely scenario.
There is the highly questionable and mistaken belief that once someone has a gun as defence, that’s the answer to all their problems of security. The gun will be their saviour. But in any situation where there are firearms the only thing that is guaranteed is that the outcome will be uncertain. Anything else is either surmise, conjecture, delusion or wishful thinking. No one can ever predict how a gun scenario will go when more than one person is engaged in it.
Take the school situation. If the headteacher or teachers were armed, that is no guarantee that the children would have been saved,. The only person with any real advantage is the one who shoots first because that ALWAYS carries the element of surprise. That first shooter is the one with the advantage. Assume the teachers respond, where are the children in all this gunfire? They are going to be nice and safe, are they? What if they are caught in the cross fire? Will they be any better off than in Sandy Hook?
Gun lovers and promoters can only see guns as the answer to everything. their fear of others blind them to the reality without a gun. Whereas people who genuinely care about life and children put those children first, because until we can be absolutely certain what will happen to a shooter in any gun situation, how can selfish adults expose more children to even more guns and expect that to be the answer?
Worst still, America would become the first nation in the world to arm its schools. What on earth is that saying about the kind of society its children would be growing up in? Is growing up in a fortress or virtual prison dictated by guns the only way for Americans?