Social media buzz: School shooting solutions
After another tragic shooting at a school in Nevada, the gun control debate returned.
- Inside USA TODAY
- (Photo: Marilyn Newton, The Reno Gazette-Journal)
- On Tuesday, we asked our Facebook followers this question:
- What are your thoughts on the Nevada school shooting that involved a 12-year-old gunman? A – Yet more proof that we need stricter gun laws. B – We need to arm our teachers to better protect students. C – This is the parents’ fault; the shooter never should have been able to get a hold of a gun. D – More screening is needed for students to find out if they need help or counseling services.
- The discussion escalated quickly
- On the surface arming a teacher sounds like a possible solution, but when you think about it could the teacher actually have drawn a gun, aimed it at a child and pulled the trigger? And if he did would the media crucify him or worse, could he live with himself afterward. It's a no win situation for everyone involved.
- The child should NEVER have had access to that gun--it should have been locked securely away. Teachers & other school personnel should be taught screening for signs of trouble in their students so that problems can be headed off before they get to this point. If the kid hadn't had access to a gun, he might have used a knife or baseball bat--whatever--to express his anger, frustration, or whatever led to the shooting.
- You're never going to keep guns away from someone who wants to use one, so B is the most logical answer, sad but true. The morals of people have decayed to the point where anything goes. Nothing would surprise me anymore. Stricter gun laws would work about as good as prohibition did. Answer C doesn't deal with the problem, just explains it. And D is absurd, you will never catch all the bad seeds, though it woud help some.
- Outside USA TODAY
- The subject gained momentum on Twitter
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