In the aftermath of the Parkland school mass shooting, the proposed right-wing 'solution' to regular school shootings is arming teachers. This proposal serves to shift the topic of the conversation away from limiting unstable individuals' access to guns through proper vetting procedures and its implementation would serve to create a new market for firearms, which is the primary concern of the NRA. Gun sales are in the toilet, what better way to boost sales than to put the burden of school defense on a cadre of newly-armed teachers? It's not like schools are funded properly to begin with.
The big wrinkle in this plan is training- teachers need to teach, learning to handle firearms properly is time-consuming and expensive, and teachers should really be developing pedagogy, not pistolry. The very idea of poorly-trained individuals engaging in gunplay under stressful situations gives me the creeping horrors. Watching a recent video of a Tulsa, Oklahoma liquor store shootout has reinforced my feelings... I'm not a gunslinger, though I have handled shooting irons, even having engaged in trap shooting on an annual basis for a period of my life- the sight of the mother/daughter liquor store owners standing in close proximity to each other while shooting the sawed-off shotgun wielding scumbag who robbed them gave me a headache- the robber could have gotten a two-for-one special with a single shot. Even crazier, the daughter shot the robber in the back while he was grappling with her mother- there was a good possibility that she could have hit her mother, that the ball from her pistol could have gone through the robber and hit mom. I showed the video to a friend of mine who is in law enforcement and he was incredulous- when you shoot, you need to be cognizant of where your bullets could end up, anyone downrange of a target is potentially in danger. Popping off shots while mom is mano-a-mano with your target is not advisable.
Thankfully, only the perp was perforated (I don't have any sympathy for the creep, he chose the wrong career to engage in, and he bumped into a predictable occupational hazard), though I'd chalk this up entirely to dumb luck. I wouldn't want this particular sort of engagement to become the norm in our nation's schools.