(By Chris Sharp) Within our last living generation, there has been a terrible onslaught of gun killings in our schools.  This has included killings many elementary school students and teachers at the Sandy Hill Elementary School in Connecticut, the killings of so many high school students and teachers at Columbine High School in Colorado, and the killings of dozens of college students and teachers at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Let’s go through those horrifying and still practically unbelievable numbers involved in these shootings once more for the point of creating clarification on the entire tragedy of our current school murders. 

There were 33 students and teachers shot to death in the Virginia Tech shootings.  There were 12 students and one teacher shot to death in the Columbine High School shootings. And there were 20 young elementary students and six adult staff members shot to death in the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders.

Between the first mass killings in Columbine in 1999 there have been new on-campus killings every year up until this day

Yet since the tragic Our Lady of the Angels parochial school fire in Chicago in 1958, which killed 96 nun-teachers and their students, there has thankfully been no deaths of 10 or more in any American school fire.

One big difference is that since that terrible Chicago fire is that fire drills are now held on a regular basis – usually once every month or two months – at public schools.  But besides from basic lockdown drills that deal with the gunman outside school doors, there have been no rehearsals on any level rehearsing what safety practices are most effective about what to do once the gunman is inside the doors.

And yet in the face of all the recent shootings in American schools, there have been increased calls to have teachers carry guns to protect the classrooms.  This has been in line with the recent increased gun-buying by the American consumer in light of accelerating criminal home invasions.

But with increased guns at home, we also have to deal with increased gun accidents, more impulsive gun shots in domestic disputes, and increased impulsive suicide by gunfire.  Statistics have shown that a gun in the home will have greater odds of creating those three tragedies than it would protecting the home, and a gun in the classroom would likely be just as dangerous to everyone in the vicinity.

Moreover, even if there were a law permitting teachers to carry guns in classrooms, my experience in knowing teachers tell me very few would carry them.

Read more here: A Sharp View: Training teachers for classroom assaults