Absolutely not. Shooting back sends a clear message that shooting is the method to resolve conflict. More people shooting back just escalates guns in society as normal. As human civilization advances, we need to de-escalate. to show how frail human life is and to vilify those humans that shoot others.
Escalation only ever hurts conflict resolution. Witness how many stories crop up across the US about police officers ("keepers of the peace") escalate a situation and someone ends up dead.
The argument can be made that the authorities should show strength through force (this argument is especially common in defending police against shooting their suspects) but that is the wrong approach to take. The situation needs to be looked at as two parties having a disagreement. One party has to take the high road and make everyone happy. A civilian can not be counted on to take that role. It is therefore the responsibility of the elected public official to calm the situation. You don't calm the situation be pointing a gun in someone's face who is already agitated enough to think that they need to be shooting or even brandishing a gun.
With teachers, their duty is to protect the kids as best they can, not to escalate.
i do whatever i can with the money i have to support business/charities i feel need help & i spend what i can in my spare time learning about critical thinking and economics/political philosophy but i only started in any serious way about 5+ years ago
i'm still for special teams like SWAT that are definitely needed in certain circumstances, but at some point we have to turn the tide of police doing crazy things. the first step should be take away their guns. if it means they can't apprehend a criminal for fear of being shot, so be it. the criminal's time will come, but it shouldn't be through everyone at the scene having guns drawn and nerves on edge.
disarm the police and begin making them part of the community support system for which they were intended. just recently we saw that 55 year old mother of 5 shot accidentally by the police because she called them looking for help for her mentally unstable son. now 5 kids have no mother because of a police gun accident.
this kind of stuff makes the general public distrustful of those they pay to support them. we need to get back to normal and stop militarizing the keepers of the peace.
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