With the shootings in Tucson and the shootings at Millard still fresh in our minds, one Nebraska lawmaker is jumping to brash conclusions.

Nebraska Senator Mark Christensen, or Imperial, has proposed a completely outrageous bill which would allow certain teachers and administrators to carry concealed weapons on school property.

The proposed legislation would allow educators who met “certain criteria” to carry concealed weapons while working amongst our youth. The goal was to keep guns out of schools, right?

No kind of preparation could train our school teacher to use deadly force in the event of a crisis. Law enforcement officials and military personnel are the only people who have been professionally trained to use deadly force in any situation.

A typical soldier spends about two years in various types of training camps in preparation for deployment. While attending these camps soldiers are formed into hardened fighting machines both physically and psychologically. A person choosing to enroll in the armed forces must be able and willing to take another human life. It’s tough to imagine our school teachers and principals willing to take on that responsibility.  

Educators who have not been properly trained in using deadly force will not make sound decisions in the event of a crisis. The psychological strain of such a high-stress situation, like a school shooting, will undoubtedly alter the decision making process of an untrained shooter. Allowing teachers to have guns in schools could prove to be more harm than good.  

Mr. Christensen, are you willing to take money from a state budget, already trying to conserve money, to enroll our school teachers and principals in a military style boot camp?

The larger issue is that a member of the Nebraska legislator is wasting our time making ludicrous claims instead of actually looking for a plausible solution. First we arm-up teachers, what’s next, Mr. Christensen, call in the Nebraska National Guard?

Schools should look into a more proactive solution such as metal detectors at school entrances. School which feel they are at a particularly high risk for violence should higher a school resource officer.  Schools should put more effort into rehabilitating or helping the troubled youth who might someday commit such acts of violence.

Senator Christensen needs to be looking at how we stop these events from taking place in the first place, not how we deal with it after the fact.

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