I hate guns. As a teacher I always tried to teach the children about dangerous guns. So many times stories would make the news about kids playing and accidentally killing a friend or family member because they got a hold of a gun.
Now the number of guns in my community and all over the country is mind boggling. When I hear people talk about their guns …I try to imagine why they want them. Are they really living in that much fear?
Unfortunately I believe if you own a gun you live with the possibility you will use it. That means you will kill and consider that acceptable. I did not ever live with guns in my house. They make me uncomfortable and I don’t want them around me.
Now we live with shootings and killings on a regular basis. We expect people to be killed in mass shootings and the new strategy of daily life for some is to arm yourself.
We are training and planning to arm teachers…members of religious institutions and other places we used to think of as safe. Not for a minute did I ever consider there was a need for such protection. I can not agree that this is how to make my world safer. I think this is insane and a big mistake.
As for teachers, guns and schools… That’s scarey. Kids can make teaching difficult and challenging. A teacher has to learn to control their anger when dealing with difficult kids. I can only imagine the possibility of a teacher flipping out and access to a gun. We use class time to practice and have drills for active shooters. How sad that we have let guns bring this amount of fear and contaminate our lives.
I was asked if I worry about teaching since schools are becoming more frequent targets . No, and I never will refuse to step on a school campus out of fear. If children are there then I belong there.
Yesterday I realized I was with a friend who was carrying a gun. I was horrified …this is not ok with me. Why? That is the only thought I had. I am still thinking that I won’t go where they are. I don’t want to be with people carrying a gun even if it is their right. I don’t feel safer…just the opposite… I feel threatened. Oh how I wish all the guns were gone.