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(by Chris Sharp) I think I can speak for all teachers in saying that I didn’t go into teaching to take a gun to work.

I should also mention that the second scariest thought I have right now is that of a young child of mine entering a classroom where a teacher is suddenly dealing with his gun like he is Jesse James in an old-time saloon before a classroom of petrified young students...

I am saying this because my decades of school experience have taught me that teachers are not in the most stable situations or live the most stable life experiences for handling a loaded gun in front of volatile young children...

I certainly like guns myself when I am shooting them for example at a nice firing range.  I don't have a personal gun myself right now, but my wife and I are planning to get one for our home when I retire from everyday teaching and when we plan to move to Las Vegas in a couple of years.  Obviously, we are reacting to the way senior citizens are being physically assaulted on all fronts -- in every city, according to the everyday news -- often for reasons of an easy robbery or just an easy beating on people who are in no physical shape to go into a boxing match with a young thug.

So it's not that I hate guns that I write an article like this.  It's simply that I have learned to respect guns too much to want to see them so obviously misused in our schools.

And a school is a place where everything gets misused sooner or later.  Believe me, I have been teaching in public schools long enough to know.   And I also need to say that I have seen so many crazy teachers in the course of my work that giving a gun to any one of them would I think become the craziest thing that I would ever see in my lifetime of living in a crazy age.

For example, just to name one incident, I think back to that day when I was teaching in a high school in the Antelope Valley, my classroom next to that of a very spit-and-polish sort of Spanish teacher, when suddenly I am seeing all sorts of adults pouring toward that spic-and-polish classroom next door. 

The teacher is then forced out of the classroom, then forced out of the school, forever.

Eventually the rest of us teachers would have to talk about this, and we discovered that the unruly adolescents in his class finally got to him.  The teacher finally couldn’t take their rudeness anymore.  So, he suddenly went to a file cabinet, took out a load of pencils, and began firing his pencils at his students.

Read more here: A Sharp View: Problems that exist in giving teachers guns