Posted by: adventlife | December 20, 2012

Arm Teachers Instead of Disarming Americans

Newtown Mass Murder“Gun control!  Gun control!  Gun control! You can’t look anywhere on the news or internet without seeing the cries for more gun control in wake of last Friday’s massacre in Newtown, CT.   There is no escaping the tears of remorse and cries of anger that have flooded every media outlet in the nation.

But let’s set raw emotion aside for a second and look at reality.  First and foremost, the guns did NOT kill those children and adults in Connecticut, it was Adam Lanza.  The guns did not load themselves, it was Adam Lanza, and the guns did not pull the trigger, it was Adam Lanza.

It’s already a well-known fact that Connecticut had some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, but Adam Lanza didn’t care about the law.  Some of the other areas of our nation that have the highest crime rates also have strict gun control laws, but laws rarely stop people that are determined to commit violent acts on other people.

So what is the solution?  How about taking a look at what works in other countries like Thailand and Israel.  Both countries have active terrorist threats against school children by Muslim extremists and Jihadists.  In an effort to prevent a similar shooting at their schools, they have been arming their teachers.  Many teachers in Israel and Thailand now carry concealed handguns with them.

The Israeli government told the people that they would protect them and they created gun-free zones in the country.  Those zones soon became known as victim disarmament zones.

In 1974, Jihadist terrorists attacked Israeli school children on a field trip to a tobacco farm.  The attack killed 25 and wounded 66 other.  In 1978, terrorists attacked an Israeli school bus, killing 37 children and wounding 76 other people.

Israeli people had enough of the gun free zones and failed promises of government protection.  Instead of tightening up gun control laws, they started arming teachers and others and trained them how to protect their students.

In 2002, Jihadists tried to enter an Israeli school, only to be repelled by armed teachers. In another incident, a suicide bomber that was intending on blowing himself up at an Israeli school was shot and killed by an armed teacher before he was able to detonate the bomb.

The threat of violence against school children is still high in Israel and Thailand, but we don’t hear nearly as many successful attacks being carried out since they started arming teachers.  Their programs have proven to be very successful and I believe we should implement the same thing here.  Let’s arm our teachers before we disarm the people.”


Editorial comment: If we are not ready to arm teachers, we should provide at least a policeman on duty at each school ready to repel any attempt against the lives of innocent children, or minimize the number of victims.



  1. Yes, arm teachers with AK-47’s, and, for their increase security responsibilities, add to their meager salaries the salary [and benefits] of a deputy-sheriff! Please make sure the teachers don’t target misbehaving teenagers whose parents are going through a nasty divorce.

    • If they approve such a measure, I may consider going back to teaching. Perhaps I should buy an AK-47 before they are all sold out. My only problem is that I am 80 already and my eyesight is not as good as it used to be.


      • In response to Nic:

        No need to worry about your failing eyesight! With an A-47, you shoot continuously, aiming 180° around you, without targeting anyone in particular.

        With this automatic weapon, you are bound to hit somebody, sometime. As they say, “Once in a while, even a BLIND chicken finds a kernel of corn now and then…”


      • Given what you said, I am beginning to wonder whether arming all teachers with assault rifles is a good idea after all. Perhaps, providing each school with at least one well trained policeman might be a better approach. I read today that the school Obama’s daughters attend is secured with the presence of 11 trained security guards.

        If that is the case, then don’t hundreds of children deserve at least one policeman? At the Newtown school, by the time the police arrived there were 26 innocent people dead. Had there been at least one policeman, the outcome would have been different, I believe.

        Nic Samojluk

    • My comment was made in jest, sort of tongue-in-cheek! I don’t think arming teachers alone will help improve the security of students. Their devotion will torn between a) teaching their students, and b) guaranteeing their safety. They can hardly expected to provide both.

      Furthermore, arming teachers and/or stricter gun control measures are only palliative measures. The real problem is the deep seated malaise in American society, a malaise resulting from various factors: a) the trivialization of murder and violence in the movies and in the media;
      b) the general break-up of the American family resulting from increasing divorce rates and promiscuity;
      c) the quasi-total absence of teaching our children solid moral values, such as values against murder, promiscuity, stealing, cheating and/or lying.

      If anything else, the Newtown massacre is a wake-up call for revamping American society from the bottom up, in its totality.

      • Yes, the roots of the problem go much deeper, as you pointed out so well; nevertheless, since we live in ad less than perfect world, should we not do what is needed to minimize the number of innocent victims, given the fact that we have no shortage of deranged individuals with access to high powered killing machines.

        I read about a case in China. An mentally unstable individual stabbed 11 school children, but all the children survived. In Newton, 20 children perished. These killing machines should be in the hands of well trained individuals only.

        Nic Samojluk

  2. The problem is VERY complex, and cannot be solved simply with one-sided approaches, such as a) stricter gun control; b) arming teachers and/or posting armed security guards in each school; c) setting up a national database for seriously mentally ill people; d) re-educating society by removing violence from the media culture (music, movies, etc.); e) re-introducing the teaching of moral values in public schools; and several other measures to the same effect. How will one reduce the rising trend of divorce in this country, or that of teenage pregnancy? How does one combat alcoholism and drug usage? Many questions, few valid answers!

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