In the United States, an increase in gun violence and mass killings has prompted new calls for reform of national gun laws. Although gun attacks have become commonplace, a recent mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas shocked the nation. The school shooting killed 21 people, including young children. The recent spike in such cases has prompted calls for action. Some even wonder whether authorities should allow teachers to carry guns. The idea of allowing teachers and other school personnel to bear arms is not entirely new. A US media report suggested that after the 2018 Parkland shootings, many Republican-controlled legislatures considered a similar move. Now the debate is on again.
The Texas shooting would be the worst elementary school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook attack in Connecticut. At that time, 20 children and six staff members were killed.
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In a recent NBC News report, it was mentioned that two states in the United States – Ohio and Louisiana – are now considering two options following brutal shootings. Reports note that states are considering either reducing arming requirements for school personnel or allowing employees to carry a firearm, but only after completing the required training. But should this be allowed?
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said in a Fox News interview on the day of the Uvalde school shooting, “We can’t stop bad people from doing bad things.”
He said we can potentially “arm and prepare and train” teachers and other administrators to respond quickly. He said: “The reality is that we don’t have the resources to have law enforcement in every school.”
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Jenna Whitesell Carson told VOA: “My first thought was that this is not what I signed up for at all. I became a school librarian to educate young minds, not to carry a gun.” The report revealed that Carson worked at a public high school in rural South Carolina for four years.
She added, “My second thought was that they sure weren’t paying us enough for this. Teachers already have so much on their plate. Now Republicans want to take away our right not to carry a gun?”
US President Joe Biden last week called for new gun control legislation. On Sunday, he renewed his call for restrictions on semi-automatic rifles. “If we can’t ban assault weapons like we should, we need to at least raise the age to buy assault weapons to 21,” he tweeted.
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