I am seeing a shocking number of calls to arm teachers in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, and while it's easy to sit behind a computer and claim that there would have been fewer deaths that way, the reality of it is quite different.
Soldiers, police officers, FBI agents, Secret Service agents, CIA agents, and so forth receive special training to deal with high-stress situations such as this. The vast majority of gun owners do not. When one finds themselves in the midst of mortal terror, it is not a matter of calmly pulling out a gun and aiming at the target, especially with a huge amount of adrenaline pumping through the veins and being surrounded with utter chaos, including screaming, terrified children.
More bullets equals more deaths. That is simple math.
But let's go with the scenario of armed teachers for a moment.
Suppose a teacher was aiming at the shooter and missed, hitting a child instead? Suppose a child ran in the pathway of the bullet just as the shot was fired? Suppose another teacher reacted in a terrified manner and only saw a co-worker with a gun, and shot them, instead?
And suppose in all of this, the shooter still didn't get taken down, and ended up taking his own life, anyhow?
What happens to those teachers who DID accidentally shoot and kill a child? Is it self-defense, or manslaughter? And what about the teacher who mistakenly shoots another teacher? Is that murder?
We are a nation of "sue-happy" people...how many grieving parents, upon discovering that their child had in fact died at the hands of a teacher, would have sued them? What about the family of a teacher who was shot by another teacher?
To put it simply and realistically, how many teachers would have found themselves on trial?
But even worse, how would those teachers live with the knowledge for the rest of their lives that they had killed a child whose life was just beginning, or one of their colleagues?
I respect the beliefs of those who think more guns would be the answer, but please stop and think for a moment how you, personally, would deal with the traumatic effects of killing even one innocent person with your own gun. Would you truly be so quick to claim that more guns would have helped, especially if they really hadn't helped at all?