During the March for Our Lives, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Alex Wind said the National Rifle Association (NRA) doesn’t want to stop at arming teachers.
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting, one proposed measure to keep kids safe in school has been to arm and train teachers to respond to a shooter.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd hailed the proposal as a necessary step since a shooting lasts about two to four minutes and police response time is about five minutes.
Some Parkland students have also supported the measure, one of whom pointed out that if assistant football coach Aaron Feis had his firearm with him when he came face to face with the shooter, he could have subdued the threat.
However, it’s largely faced backlash as an undue burden to put on teachers and due to its inability to affect change.
On Saturday, Wind illustrated the slippery slope he feels arming teachers would turn into, saying:
“If teachers start packing heat, are they going to arm our pastors, ministers, and rabbis? Are they going to arm the guy scanning tickets at the movie theater? Are they going to arm the person wearing the Mickey Mouse costume at Disney?”
He added that the NRA wants all of the people he mentioned to be armed and that the event attendees “will not stand for it.”
“We would not need metal detectors and clear backpacks and more weapons in our streets if there weren’t weapons of war in the hands of civilians,” he declared.