The notion of arming teachers in schools seems like an idea hatched by someone who plays too many FPS or action video games. I mean really. People are even talking about the teachers as though they're the instructors at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Quite simply, teachers are not going to morph into real-life comic book superheros. Yet that is, in essence, what this proposal of arming teachers presumes teachers will do. Plain and simple: a typical person is not given to the notion of shooting another human being. It's easy to abstract that teachers with guns would put themselves at risk to shoot a gunman to protect students. In practice, well, things are very different. What sort of things? Well, a huge factor is this: human beings are "wired" for compassion, for empathy. The Neuroscience of Empathy The Compassionate Instinct While the capacity for empathy varies by individual, I think we all have enough experience with teachers to know generally they are, shall we say, empathetically "off the charts." Empathy, compassion among teachers is not a selective thing; moreover, teachers have zero experience with turning off their "empathy switch." Indeed, a material skill for a good teacher is one's ability to empathize; turning off their "empathy switch" is the very opposite of what they've developed careers doing. Teaching Strategies: The Importance of Empathy Empathy and Education Empathy in the Classroom: Why Should I Care? | Edutopia Aside: BTW, where all of a sudden are states and counties to find all the money to put guns in teachers' hands and give them all the training it takes to get a person tactically and emotionally capable of shooting another human being, yet they have no money to give teachers better pay in general?