In the wake of the devastating school shooting that happened last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, our entire country struggles with answers as to what can help prevent such tragedy. I could throw out stats showing how many school shootings have occurred in the first few months of this year alone, but I'm sure you've read all about the figures yourself, as we continue to mourn those who lost their lives in the senseless act of violence and try to solve a problem that is far too common.
Although many people debate about what might be the most effective way to help try and end violence in schools, a new proposed bill in the state of Alabama is suggesting that allowing teachers to carry guns in school would be a solution. I'm not sure if that's the wisest decision, but the southern state received the bill today to, at the very least, seriously consider such a law.
Republican Will Ainsworth of Guntersville submitted the bill in hopes that the state will look into administration the opportunity to protect themselves should a school shooting incident happen. That's scary to even think about, but it's even scarier to imagine teachers possessing weapons while in the direct presence of students. Here's what Ainsworth had to say to defend his position, via LADbible:
"Our children are sitting ducks in gun-free schools, and as the parent of three public school students, I believe we must act now in order to prevent another tragedy," Ainsworth said in a press release.
"With roughly two-thirds of the regular session remaining, there is ample time to research, introduce, pass, and enact this much-needed and potentially life-saving legislation."
"They wanted to know what we could do to prevent that in Alabama," said Ainsworth, comparing the proposal to undercover air marshalls who are allowed to be armed on commercial aeroplanes to protect passengers.
He continued: "More gun control will not stop someone who is intent upon inflicting harm in our schools, but someone who is properly trained and armed with the right equipment certainly can.
"It is my hope that passage of this legislation can be fast-tracked once it has been introduced."
This all takes place as students from the school are out trying to make a change themselves. According to the Orlando Sun-Sentinal, many students, who staged walkouts and are publicly addressing the gun control debate. Said one student from the school, "we are going to talk to them about common-sense gun safety,” said Chris Grady, 19, a senior. “We hope to get a lot done, but we also know how politicians are.”
As the debate continues as to what can be done to protect students and prevent disgusting acts like the one that occurred last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we're sure to hear more stories like this one. However, Republican Will Ainsworth's proposed bill to allow teachers to carry guns while in school might not be the most sensible route.
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