Magma is rock that has been heated up to around 2,000°F or hotter. The rock becomes liquid, burning everything in its path. Often when magma builds up under the earth’s surface, it begins to rise. The process is slow and may take many years, but eventually, the magma reaches close enough to the surface where it begins to affect the earth’s surface, accompanied by a number of small earthquakes. The pressure from the magma often distorts the earth’s surface, pushing it up until something happens to allow the magma to break through the surface in what we call a volcanic eruption. When volcanos erupt, they can be quite devastating, destroying everything within miles, like what happened when Mount St. Helens erupted and wiped out the surrounding forest, carving out a miniature Grand Canyon and changing the landscape and Crystal Lake.
Mass shootings, church shootings and school shootings are like magma, only instead of molten rock, the pressure that’s been building is called gun control. In the past year, we saw eruptions occur in Las Vegas with the mass shooting of hundreds of people attending a country music festival. There was another eruption in Sutherland Springs, Texas, when 46 people were shot (26 killed and 20 wounded).
Those eruptions began a whole new round of calls for more gun control.
Then a disturbed young man entered a high school in Parkland, Florida. He was carrying an AR-15 which he used to shoot 31 students and teachers, killing 17 and wounding 14. This seems to be the major eruption that demands some kind of action on the issue of gun control and making schools safer for students.
Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, announced that President Donald Trump has admitted that something had to be done to stop school shootings like the one in Florida. She indicated that Trump was supportive of banning bump-fire stocks, like those used in the Las Vegas shooting. She also said that Trump was open to many ideas including raising the age limit for gun purchases, a bill introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and possibly expanding background checks.
Many believed that Trump was beginning to cave in to the emotional tidal wave that has swept across America since the Florida school shooting. It seemed that Trump was on the verge of going against his own promise to stand firm and protect the Second Amendment and the gun rights of the American people.
On Wednesday, he met with students and listened to their concerns. Other students in Florida, Georgia, Iowa and Texas walked out of class, demanding something be done to stop school shootings. Most called for more gun control. Many displayed their ignorance by calling for a ban on all automatic and semiautomatic weapons. Like the ignorant and biased media, they refer to the AR-15 used in the Florida school shooting as an assault weapon, which it is not. They also fail to understand that fully automatic weapons were banned years ago, plus they fail to understand that many hunters use normal semi-automatic rifles or shotguns and that many weapons designed for concealed carry permit holders are also semi-automatic.
Amidst the emotional pleas for more gun control and banning of guns, President Trump said he was also considering a measure that many conservatives believe is the ONLY viable way to prevent or stop more school shootings. Democrats and students were probably very shocked to hear that Trump was considering a measure to allow teachers to be trained and armed.
Most students are already dead by the time police arrive at the school, but if teachers were properly trained, licensed and armed, they would be the first responders, who could stop a school shooting almost immediately, which would undoubtedly save lives. Additionally, knowing that teachers are armed will be enough to cause some would-be shooters to not go through with their plans. Most mass shootings occur in gun-free locations for a reason – no armed resistance at the beginning to stop them from doing what they intend to do.
Arming teachers will prevent some school shootings from ever taking place and it will provide immediate armed first-responders in case an active shooter does attack. Arming teachers is a win-win solution to address school shootings. Hopefully, President Trump will follow through with this solution and get Congress to act accordingly and quickly.