In the aftermath of campus shootings in America, some states in the country America like Oklahama, Missouri, South Dakota, and Oregon have considered laws that will allow teachers and school administrators to carry guns on campus. Lawmakers in Texas have also considered allowing educators to carry guns in classrooms. Carrying guns in classrooms, even with a legitimate license and proper training is not the best solution to the problem of violence in campuses.
Carrying firearms in campuses could further threaten the security and safety of other people inside the school. It can further encourage acts of violence and can embolden others to participate in criminal behaviors in the campus. Carrying of guns in schools is not an assurance of heightened security. It can even encourage fears among people. It hinders the promotion and sustenance of peace and order in the community.
In the light of the issue of allowing guns on campus in Texas, several arguments have been raised among those who have agreed to let school administrators carry guns in the campus. The pros have argued that empowering teachers in handling guns is the best solution to solve a crisis of violence. This set-up, they say can protect the children and other teachers. While it is true that campus violence have taken the lives of innocent children and teachers in America, the problem cannot be solved if we face it with another act of violence. Allowing guns in classrooms is tantamount to urging violence to happen. Others argue that carrying guns in schools is a form of defense and training teachers to handle them can protect everyone. However, having armed teachers in campuses, especially with lack of training, can only lead to further injuries and deaths. So how can we assure that we will keep our people safe inside the schools?
According to Hennessy-Fiske, Texas school staffer shot during gun class, latimes.com, a maintenance worker of Van Independent School District was accidentally shot in the leg during a school-sponsored concealed handgun training class in Houston, Texas. The gun handled by an instructor malfunction during a private instruction with a “certified student.” With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg. He was brought to the hospital and was given immediate medical attention. What if this incident happens accidentally in schools and children would be the victims? It would be a very traumatic experience if such an accident happens. Children, parents and teachers will continue to live in fears. Instead of feeling ore secured, they develop fears.
On the other hand, some parents in Texas have argued that they feel safer if their children are surrounded by teachers carrying guns. Would anyone feel safer near a gun? We are dealing with children. What if these weapons will fall into the wrong hands and will be dealt with improperly? Will it keep our children safe? The answer is, NO.
Meanwhile, the Texas House has approved contentious plans to let college students carry concealed weapons in their classrooms, and to create special marshals for public schools state-wide. I believe that this measure will not just bring about further violence in college campuses in Texas, but it will jeopardize security and safety of other people.
We do not want people living in fear. We want people to live in a place that is peaceful and orderly community where they will embrace peace. If we bring guns in the schools and campuses, we bring in violence and we do not solve the problem. We aggravate the peaceful situation by bringing in weapons that are used to promote violence.
What we really need is empowerment and training on how to manage crises of violence. People can fight violence not by acting on it violently, but by peaceful, realistic and practical means. I agree with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder when he said that a thoughtful review on concealed weapons is what we need. He said that school emergency policies and mental health-related issues and concerns are needed to be established in order to fight violence (qtd. in Associated Press, In tiny Texas town, teachers are armed with concealed weapons, a “better” solution than a security guard, nydailynews.com). Therefore, I urge everyone to say no to guns in schools in Texas. Gun-handling in campuses is a bane to our promotion of peace and order in the state.
Associated Press. In tiny Texas town, teachers are armed with concealed weapons, a “better”
solution than a security guard. 12 Dec. 2013. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
M. Henness-Fiske. Texas school staffer shot during gun class. 28 Feb. 2013. Web. 23 Sept. 2013
Industrial Engineering is a very interesting field of engineering where we constantly find ways to improve things. With the use of math and sciences, it simplifies complex systems and aids decision makers in the organizations to make the right choices. Since college, I have been exposed with a lot of literature about Industrial Engineering from Scientific Management by Frederick Winslow Taylor, Motion Studies and Ergonomics by the Gilbreths and Project Management and Scheduling by Henry Gantt. As part of academic requirement, I completed several studies applying their principles in solving real business problems that we have observed in our company visits. Some of my work includes a motion and time study in a garments factory to improve productivity, a systems study to streamline waste disposal methodology in our university and an ergonomics study to determine fatigue allowances in the manual assembly line of an electronics company.