Giving Guns to our Teachers?


Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a hectic week of revising. I’ve got two manuscripts that I’m trying to polish. The first one is polished and ready to query, and the second one is rough and needs polishing. It’s a never ending task that’s for sure.


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Anyway, I was going to write a post about a couple of books I’d recommend but then I saw the above graphic and decided to write about this latest response to the tragic mass shooting in Florida instead.

It would be a horrible mistake to give our teachers guns. First of all, there are very few teachers that I know of who’ve had combat training. This is a big deal when you’re tasked with shooting at another human being.  Aside from that glaring problem, are we going to give our teachers assault weapons?

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Because let’s be honest, we can’t expect a teacher to go after a kid carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with a teeny tiny hand gun.

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As a parent, I’m horrified by this idea. We’re just adding more guns to an already volatile situation. What does that mean, more deaths and one of those deaths could be your kid.

I’m sorry but that’s the ugly truth.

The only answer to this situation is to keep assault weapons out of the hands of civilians. No civilian needs an assault weapon. They are guns designed for combat. They are not meant to be used for hunting or target shooting.

Let’s take a look at Japan. They’ve only had thirteen mass shootings since 1922.

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According to the Mass Shooting Tracker we (US) had TWENTY ONE mass shootings in 2017 alone. Unbelievable.  (On a side note it’s incredibly sad that we even have a Mass Shooting Tracker.)


What is Japan doing that we’re not. Stricter Gun Laws and that’s it.

Here’s a list of some of the laws:

  • You have to attend an all-day class
  • Take a written exam and pass a shooting-range test with a mark of at least 95%.
  • There are also mental health and drugs tests.
  • Your criminal record is checked and police look for links to extremist groups. Then they check your relatives too – and even your work colleagues.

For a more complete list click here:

Arming our teachers is not the answer. They’ve got enough on their plates from dealing with behavioral issues in the classroom to coping with all the testing they have to do. If we want a public school system, we have to protect our teachers and our children while they’re in school.

We also need to bring our communities closer together. Isolation is a huge indicator for a mass shooter. If our communities were able to eradicate isolation, mass shootings will decline and maybe even disappear altogether.

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I know this is a hot topic and there’s always more than one solution. I’d love to read your thoughts. Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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54 Responses to Giving Guns to our Teachers?

  1. StephJ says:

    I love this post and I love that you are using your voice to speak up about this issue. I could not agree with your thoughts more on this and I hope that government will eventually support what is needed to stop this brutality going forward!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Steph and giving my thoughts your support. I feel there are many people who feel the way we do. I’m hoping this idea does not come to fruition. If it does, I may have to start homeschooling.

  2. Carol says:

    I agree with you totally Lisa…Assault rifles should not be available to joe public and violence breeds violence..stricter gun laws are needed …

  3. My sister is a teacher. We’ve had this discussion before. Not only would she never want to carry a gun, in her life in or outside the classroom, but she would be most afraid it would be turned on her by a student. It’s such an abysmal idea. I can’t believe anyone would even entertain it.

  4. rachaelstray says:

    I saw a good analogy the other day. If a kid hits others with a stick what would you do? You wouldn’t give everyone a stick you’d take away the stick. Bringing more guns into schools is not the answer. In the U.K. we’ve done better than Japan we’ve had one school shooting one and we made drastic changes to gun laws following that awful day in Dumblane. I only wish America would wake up how many more lives need to be needlessly lost at the hands of people with guns?

  5. Losing the Plot says:

    Behind you 100%
    Arming teachers is beyond reprehensible – can’t even really believe it was floated as an idea. My heart goes out to all of the parents, teachers and pupils affected by this. xxx

  6. PREACH. A friend of mine JUST shared that graphic to my FB page. It’s a ludicrous idea to arm teachers for a myriad of reasons. One of the most glaring reasons, and the one that makes me the most mad, is we can’t even pay our teachers a living wage. We can’t even provide necessary materials, like pencils and papers, but the idiots making decisions for us all think that they will be able to fund this? The second they throw more money at guns and ammo for teachers than the piss poor funding we get currently just to do our job, I’m leaving this country.
    Another huge issue is safety in general. If someone were to spend some time in schools to see the crap teachers put up with, they’d realize this is a HUGE mistake! There are kids, all across the nation, assaulting their teachers. I don’t even want to imagine what would happen if a student somehow got a hold of the AR-15 their teacher was packing (how does one pack this gun AND comfortably teach??). I just can’t even.
    I also agree that civilians don’t need assault weapons. This country is such a damn mess.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      You are so right, Katie! I was just talking with a couple of teachers the other day about this issue and one of the points they made was how do you expect students to learn when they’re afraid for their survival? Survival is going to be their number one priority. If they have to choose between surviving and learning photosynthesis, what do you think they’re going to choose? What would any human being choose? Survival. It’s sad our schools might become military zones.

  7. Ritu says:

    You are so right Lisa, arming the teachers is not the way to go… we need to control the people allowed weapons. Full Stop.

  8. As a former teacher, I am horrified at the thought of expecting teachers to have and use guns in their classrooms. We need to keep exploring answers and then take action.

  9. Unbound Roots says:

    I completely agree with your points here. There is no need to add more guns. Plus, who’s to say that kids won’t figure out how to get a hold of these guns too. Or, what if a teacher snaps and goes crazy? You just never know. There is no reason for any civilian to be in possession of automatic rifles And yes, there has to be some serious screening for those who want to have guns. Thanks for a great post!

  10. arv! says:

    A stupid idea. Are we trying to turn schools in to battlefield?

  11. The gun mentality in America is insane. American needs to look to other countries, successful countries that do not have the gun problems of America. I loved this post, it is thoughtful and well written.

  12. I don’t think the answer to violence is more guns. It is very unfortunate and a ridiculous idea. We don’t need more guns on school grounds. I am very irritated by this you have no idea. What if the students take the gun from her? How do you think a lot of these students come across guns? By finding them. I agree with all your points. The answer to the gun violence is not more guns. The answer may be complex and a long way, but a good start would be better parenting imo. It seems we need stricter gun laws too because adults seem to misplace their guns far too often and it ends up in the hands of their children etc. I know a lot of Americans are against stricter gun laws, and I understand why because it is not gun’s fault etc. But when it’s so tragic it seems the government does have to babysit it’s citizens or at least try. I think it’s a quick short term solution to at least try and lessen gun violence even if it saves one life at a time. I have seen the gun junkies argue the other side and I have yet to see a strong enough argument that outweighs the violence it causes and especially in recent months it is only getting worse. It is time the government needs to step up and do something, anything.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      We are on the same page on this one. It’s way too easy for young people to get guns. We need to make our voices heard to the law makers of this country.

      • Yes we do! I feel indifferent about sharing my opinion however as I am Canadian and only been living in the states since last June. So my views are very liberal and I try to be light with my opinions as Canada laws are very different. Though I disagee with a lot of Canadian politics and laws, I agreed with their stricter gun laws. Though violence still happens in Canada especially in more poverished areas (poverty is another huge reason for violence and something we need to be more focused on.) it is a lot less than the states and they don’t seem to have as many school shootings etc, although I think a couple here and there have happened in the past. But in the slums of Toronto or other cities you tend to see more violence. It’s very unfortunate. I am glad we agree. I am all for finding better solutions, dealing with poverty, education, better parenting, more support for these teens or young adults who are doing such damaging things we need to find out the root of the problem and deal with it. It is a lot deeper than guns, but we need some kind of a short term safety net or solution. It is a complexed topic for sure and a very hard one to deal with. I am still in aww about all the recent school shooting just this past little bit, it tells me something is very wrong with humanity.

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Yes. You’re right, this does go deeper than the gun issue, but we do need to address the gun issue so we can focus on the deeper one. The isolation that many of these kids are feeling. It’s a lack of a family connection and a social one. We need to find the kids who are falling through the cracks and be there for them. We need to teach our kids a sense of community.

      • No problem and thank you for replying. Yes we do need to help these kids etc, so glad we agree. 🙂

  13. Jennifer says:

    Let’s take more money away from the schools by sending teachers to gun training. In what world is that a good thing? No world. It’s absolute stupidity that politicians think the answer to gun violence is more guns. Apparently, they didn’t have enough time with their teachers while they were in school.

  14. The Hook says:

    Trump has a choice: he can make the NRA and gun lobbyists even wealthier by making school boards across America purchase firearms or he can grow a pair and draft sensible gun laws. His choice (so far) is chilling and is sure to divide the citizens of the United States even more than they already are.

  15. sharonledwith says:

    I’m with you 100%, Lisa. Stricter gun laws like Japan has in place will work. A well done and timely piece. Hugs to all those who are still stuffing at the hands of a mass shooter.

  16. josypheen says:

    It’s also sort of sad when you hear Japanese people imagining what they think it must be like in America. They think people in the States are in danger all the time…it seems more and more like they really are. 😦

    It’s also worth noting that in addition to the lengthy (and expensive) process of owning a gun in Japan, they make it veeeery difficult to buy bullets. You need to account for each shot you fire.

  17. Janice Wald says:

    As a teacher myself, I must say I think this is a horrible idea. Why can’t they put metal detectors in the schools?

  18. I read a great post by Glennon Doyle Melton where she highlights the efforts her sons teacher goes to in order to find the children who might be lonely or isolated. She does a simple thing. She asked the students every week to make a top five list of kids they want to sit by. They are confidential and are just part of the kids, “round up” of the week.” Then, every Friday, this teacher looks for patterns. Who is on a lot of lists? Who’s on no lists? Who was on a lot of lists, but none this week? It’s not a perfect measure of social isolation, but it gives her early indications of who might need a little extra attention–or a little less. I know teachers already do a LOT to watch over the minds and hearts of kids in their classrooms. But this idea seamed a good one to ponder.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I’ve heard of that idea, too, Angela and it is a great one. I love it. I think you’re right and it should be common practice in each classroom. Thanks for stopping by and reminding me of that idea. 🙂

  19. drallisonbrown says:

    This is a very complicated issue with no easy answer. Arming teachers, as you mention, is not the answer (love your first visual – it is entirely accurate – teachers already have WAY too many responsibilities and shooting their students shouldn’t be one of them). Unfortunately, I’m on the other side of the fence from most. Sure, I think we can enact a few laws (assault rifle issue, gun show loophole, tighter background checks) but the reality is, 1) criminals don’t obey laws and 2) the laws we currently have aren’t being enforced (FBI fumbles, folks slipping through the cracks, etc…). We simply can’t compare the US to other countries – we have a 2nd ammendment, they don’t. We have a completey different history and foundation story. That means, we will NEVER get guns off the street. You can’t make gun ownership illlegal and then confiscate all weapons. The citizenry would rebel. Jails would be full of regular citizens. The bottom line is that calling for more gun laws is simply the easy out – it makes people feel like they are doing something. We HAVE to address the underlying cause – isolation (as you wrote), lack of family structure, lack of community, lack of LOVE/CARING. Our students, our children are crying out for our help and we are ignoring them! Go ahead and criminalize guns if you must. Maybe then we can finally have the difficult conversations – the ones that deal with our society – WHY our children want to kill themselves….WHY our children want to kill each other.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      You did hit the nail on the head about the lack of family structure and support and the lack of community. Every child needs a sense of belonging and a sense of love and self worth. Let’s face it, parents are so wrapped up in giving their kids things, that they forget they need love, guidance, and nurturing as well. Thanks for stopping by Allison! I appreciate you sharing your point of view.

  20. This has been a heated debate in my house this week. Teachers teach because it is a calling. They are nurturers not killers. Dumbest idea I have ever heard. Canada has similar gun rules as Japan. You can not even transport a semi-automatic weapon to a gun range with out a specific permit and the licence to own one is even stricter. I say bravo to the young people who are rising up and protesting. At least they get it.

  21. geekycooker says:

    Arming our teachers is definitely not the answer. Thank you for another thoughtful post.

  22. sunshinysa says:

    Noooo. No guns. Im with you on this. My son at 15 had a classmate who was shot on the school grounds. I rushed home because i saw the post in facebook. Son answered the door. I was so relieved. I almost wept. STILL ANOTHER MOTHER ‘S SON WAS SHOT. No. No guns.

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