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Should Schools Arm Staff with Guns to Protect Kids?

012schoolsecurity1358542932Although gun violence has apparently decreased on the whole in the United States the last two decades, many schools are reporting increased violence and bullying in recent years. School and mass shootings in particular have grown more frequent and more deadly, causing many to question the accessibility of deadly weapons.

Soon after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last year, President Obama released a plan to reduce gun violence, which included closing background check loopholes, banning military-type assault weapons, and increasing access to mental health services. Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association released a different kind of plan, one that involved increasing gun ownership and instituting armed guards in every school in America. It seems there was a bit of a disconnect.

But apparently several schools have opted to run with the NRA’s suggestion. One such school, the Arkansas Christian Academy, has decided to train and arm their staff, with at least 1-7 armed staff members present on any given day.

Pastor Perry Black, an administrator at the school, told KARK:

I just felt like with what’s going on in many of the public sectors where there seems to be a lot of shootings we need to take the same stance that we do in church on Sunday for our kids Monday through Friday.

Here is the sign the school recently posted on their campus:

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One argument for this kind of action might be that the guns themselves are just a precautionary measure, but the sign should hopefully do enough to discourage any would-be shooters. Do you think this is realistic? And are guns ever acceptable in a school setting?

Bonus – Watch Deepak Chopra address gun violence in this episode of “Ask Deepak” on the Chopra Well:

Photo credit: Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post

What We Will Need to Heal After Today’s Tragic Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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Our hearts go out to the victims and families of today’s shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The Associated Press have reported that 27 people, including 18 children, were killed today by a shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This sunny Friday, just a week and a half before Christmas, has turned into a day of devastating tragedy.

In times of great pain and loss, many questions arise. Why do such horrific things happen in the world? How could someone commit such an atrocity? Why couldn’t the children, at least, be spared? Today’s shooting also gives rise to debates about gun control and the 2nd Amendment, as we saw was the case following this summer’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado. These are important discussions to have, important questions to ask. And in a country that averages at least two mass shootings a year, a revisiting of gun control laws is imperative. But, as a White House spokesperson said, today is not the day.

Today, and in the days, weeks, and months to come, the families of the victims are going to need our love and support. Now, more than ever, is a time for community, a time for reaching out our hands and being there to hold the ones who are grieving. We wish Newtown, CT, and all those who have been affected by shootings this year, peace and healing. Remember that you are not alone.

Resources for dealing with loss and grief:

Spiritual Solutions – Dealing with Loss

Facing Death

The Deeper Meaning of Death

Dealing with Grief

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