School. A place where children go to learn. School. A place where children can hang out with their friends. School. A place where children are supposed to feel safe. Well, after what happened in Parkland, kids may not say it, but there is a little bit of fear in the back of their minds. Now to make these students feel safer, President Trump has decided that he wants to arm teachers. But no, not just any random teachers, teachers who have “natural talent”. Here’s what he said in his tweet on February 22, “What I said was to look at the possibility of giving ‘concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military experience – only the best. 20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to”. Then, when news networks like CNN and NBC covered this by saying “Trump wants teachers to have guns” he fired back in the same tweet saying “I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC.” What he wants instead is, “highly trained people that have a natural talent, like hitting a baseball, or hitting a golf ball, or putting.” Some oh so “naturally talented” like Mr. Dennis Alexander of Seaside High School in Seaside, California. Alexander, a teacher, and reserve police officer, accidentally fired a gun while teaching a course about gun safety for his Administration of Justice class. 3 students were injured during this event. Alexander has apologized for the incident at a meeting, but just by saying it was accident doesn’t get rid of the fact that someone could have been seriously hurt. Some schools already have teachers that are carrying firearms for safety just like Dennis. In an article by Nicole Chavez for CNN, she gives us a look at some of the states where teachers and staff want to carry their weapons. Schools in Arkansas, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Idaho, have teachers carrying guns around. They say it’s “The best thing to protect the children”, “A fighting chance”, and that they’re “Tired of having a target on their back”. Even the kids attending these schools say they “feel really safe”. But thinking that putting more guns into the community, and guns in the hands of our teachers will keep us safe from bad people that, may I remind you, also have guns, is just foolish. It goes back to the argument of “good guy with a gun vs. bad guy with a gun”. During a press conference in 2012 after the Sandy Hooks Elementary School shooting, the NRA’s Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, said: “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun”. As of 2009, there were 300 million guns in the U.S., some in the hands of good guys and some in the hands of bad. But did that prevent all these tragedies from happening? No. But, looking at countries like Japan and Canada, that have banned guns, the statistics are clear that fewer guns in the hands of common people = less gun related deaths. My question is, Why doesn’t the U.S. ban guns as well? If you really wanted to protect us then you wouldn’t let guns get into the hands of “bad people” in the first place.