👓 "At a shooting range, targets do not fire back"

👓 "At a shooting range, targets do not fire back"

 

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But these efforts to create warriors out of teachers as a means of addressing school shootings are wrongheaded. I used to be in the Marines, and now I’m a classroom teacher. From these experiences, there is one thing I know to be true: Responding effectively to an active-shooter situation is one of the toughest challenges for a marksman out there. To train teachers for this role would be an enormous task—and policymakers who think otherwise aren’t being realistic.

Source ⇢ https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/03/teachers-are-not-soldiers/554783/

 

I don’t know whether it’s nostalgia (earthquakes were our biggest threat in high school) or picturing a teacher put in the position of shooting at a potential active shooter, but I just can’t believe more guns is the long-term solution.

We’ve had a gun pulled on us. It’s terrifying. I can’t imagine being in the same situation and not being terrified again. I’m pretty sure if either one of us had a gun, that situation would have turned out much different (and much worse for us).

While we recently moved to a gun state, either of us have ever pulled the trigger of a firearm. Living here makes us realize there are good people who respect guns.

I hope the high school students today continue their push towards common sense gun laws. And good luck to those organizations reducing the influence the NRA has over them.

 

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