I do think that we need to ban assault weapons. In Australia they banned all weapons and they haven’t had a mass shooting in many years because of that. So I don’t think it’s too radical to suggest that we need to ban assault weapons, period. None of these tweaky measures where they’re raising the age a few years. And Trump’s idea of arming our teachers is ridiculous, ludicrous. So instead of arming everybody with assault weapons we need to get rid of them.
Omar, San Jose:
What I think should be done to ensure the safety of kids in school is one, change the laws that are currently in our nation that allow certain people to carry firearms with little to no background check. So, anyone off the streets can really just use a gun whenever they want. When you put that in the wrong hands, like in the hands of an adolescent kid, or maybe someone who’s going through stuff, you are bound to have some issues.
I also don’t think we should arm the teachers. Simply because once they become “armed teachers,” so to speak, they’re no longer teachers, now they are being asked to perform duties that maybe they never even thought a teacher should.
What I think should be done to ensure more safety in schools is use veterans who are not being used in the workforce, who want to use their skill and what they learned in the military to protect someone. They could be reinforcements in schools.
What I also think should be done is — we should add more counseling services for kids who do not have means of health insurance … Other than just changing the laws, that would actually help the kids who are going through a lot of stuff.
It will add more jobs and it will ask our nation to pay more. But I believe the outcomes and the responsibilities on us. And I think paying extra taxes is better than having a mass shooting and hundreds of kids and teachers killed because of very loose laws, and very little being done for those who are affected.
Start by banning assault rifles. All assault rifles. No matter how much you love your guns for your protection, or whatever, you don’t need assault rifles. AR-15’s out of here. Ban them. Get rid of them.
St. Claire Jones:
There’s more options than just guns. Bear mace will stop somebody in their tracks. We just got to educate each other with the options. A good stun gun or stun grenade you can get wrapped around them, and they’re going to be shaking their asses off not being able to do anything but save their own life. There’s more options than just guns against guns. It’s a wonderful thing the opportunity we have to explore other areas of self defense and readiness. Smell cameras, they can smell certain things in the air if someone has a gun there’s alerting techniques it’s not just all after the fact. It’s what you do to prepare. There could be mace grenades you throw at them. It would just take them right out. There’s more options than just guns against guns people.
I think in order to make students in schools, students out of schools, kids finding their mom’s purses, anybody safer, we need a lot less guns out there. In police hands, in criminal hands, in young people’s hands, and no access to automatic weapons that would be meant to shoot that many people at once. There’s just no need for it. Hunting yes, a little protection here and there yes, but not that kind of weapon.
I think we need nonviolent communication workshops. To work on problem solving through crisis intervention and learning how to speak. We used to call it a feather circle, where you hold a feather and it goes around the room until everybody gets their thoughts out. It might go around three times, five times, ten times, until everybody gets heard. I think we need to get to the root of the violence. Why are people upset? And work on communication.