This has no correlation though with lesser violence rates. Lott also conducted studies on gun violence. This gives him ethos on why and how guns can reduce and stop school violence.Lott also handles objections to his claims. He notes that one of the main sources of objections that people use comes from the media. The news alone shows many people dying because of guns, and even from law-abiding citizens who had sanity lapses and use their guns during intensely emotional events. Lott underscores that the “2 million times each year that Americans use guns defensively are never discussed” in the media. He is saying that the media over-represents the drama of irresponsible gun use, but not the reality of responsible gun use. He even mentions his own study where “In more than 90% of those cases, simply brandishing a weapon is sufficient to cause a criminal to break off an attack.” He should have used other studies too to support his own investigation, nevertheless. Lott addresses these objections with statistics and studies.Mitchards case is weaker than Lotts, because she does not use much evidence to support her case. Mitchard does not approve of guns because it may be used by teachers easily in the context of stressful school settings, it might get lost and others use it and it will affect teacher-student relationships. She provides possible scenarios to support her claims. For instance, she says that teachers may inappropriately use their guns to threaten their students, because they might “snap their caps” and they are “no more or less likely to use a gun as a tool of psychological intimidation than any other human being.” She even provides firsthand example of a stern principal who turned out to be a molester. She is assuming that people can never know if the teacher is emotionally stable enough to carry guns, so it is generally unsafe to allow all teachers to carry guns. The problem with this assumption is that it is possible that more teachers know how to use guns properly. She does not present any study to support that teachers will not be able to use guns properly to deter school violence. Then, Mitchard uses the example of a teacher who says that she might misplace her gun and who knows what children can do with it. This is flimsy evidence. Teachers could use safety precautions to ensure that they will not leave their guns anywhere. Also, a cellphone can be easily lost, because it is often used. A gun
Lott, John R. “Teachers Should Be Armed to Prevent School Violence.” No date. Web. 14 Dec. 2011. <http://theliteratesims.net/eng1bM/week16/armingteachers.html >.
Mitchard, Jacquelyn. “Arming Teachers Is Not an Effective Way to Prevent School Violence.” No date. Web. 14 Dec. 2011. <http://theliteratesims.net/eng1bM/week16/notarmingteachers.html >.
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