Police officers chose a career that comes with the responsibility of a gun. They go through many hours of training about the technical operation of a gun and more on how to responsibly choose when to use, and when not to. The large majority of police officers do an AMAZING job, but there are some who despite the training make tragic decisions in the moment and take unnecessary lives. Now if you put those guns in untrained hands that didn’t choose a career with that responsibility, the amount of tragic and unnecessary deaths will rise, not fall. Some might think, well just train the teachers. We are already overworked and undersupported with money and time. Any training would cause that chasm to grow. I can’t imagine it can me condensed effectively to a morning professional development or a few faculty meetings.
Here are ways money can be spent to help solve this problem. More school psychologist. Many schools have cut this position. Those that haven’t have relegated the position to handling special education testing and IEPs (individualized education plans). It’s more often than not a desk job now. School psychologists need to be in classrooms and talking to kids. They should also have regular meetings with police to address issues with the community.
Another issue is parenting. It’s a very hard job and 98% are truly dedicated and trying their best. Most parent they way they were raised. If their parents were ineffective and enabling, then that doubles with the next generation. Every school should have monthly parenting class led by a professional outside of the school. As an added incentive, these events should come with free childcare (a teacher) and catered by a local restaurant. Some might just come for the food and break from their kids, but that’s fine.
The negatives to these ideas are increased spending on education, but I think it’s worth it. This is a better than the negative of an innocent life being taken with more guns.