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Gun Free Zones don’t work

January 12, 2013

To the editor: Israel tried Gun Free Zones for schools and quickly experienced several atrocities. They then permitted teachers who cared to, to carry conceale....

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Jan-12-13 7:56 AM

Letting some teachers carry in schools could be an option under the right circumstances. Just having a concealed carry permit is not nearly enough. Someone that is a “used to be” such as former military is not enough either. If a teacher is actively training and staying proficient on how to safely use the weapon and is required to demonstrate this periodically, then I could see allowing a teacher to carry. However, I speak to teachers and very few of them are willing to do this. In the school where I talk to teachers, the most qualified person to carry made the comment to me “they don’t pay me enough to carry a gun and take on that responsibility.” I am not saying I agree, but her reaction is common. There are a lot of good teachers but some of them are idiots that have no business carrying a gun. Without caution such a move may result in a lot of accidental shootings in schools. The best move would be to have law enforcement in the school. Shooters never pick schools with cops.

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Jan-12-13 9:21 AM

The schools would have to add a salary incentive for a few teachers in a school to take on the extra responsibility, pay for training, and pay for the teacher’s time during the training. Then the teachers will not be acting as “Joe Citizen” with their firearm, they will be representing the school creating more potential for civil liability due to the increased possibility of accidents or poor judgment. So, undoubtedly insurance rates will increase. When you add all of that up it is probably going to be cheaper to contract a law enforcement officer to be present in the school.

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Jan-12-13 12:25 PM

No guns for teachers period! Accidents happen enough with things that don't matter. I misplaced my laptop, my car keys, the folder containing the tests. There is no room for I misplaced my weapon, or a student(s) deciding to overtake a teacher or administrator.

You want security a law enforcement individual checks them in in the morning. Entire Campus locked down daily reopened and officer checks them out. Reduce entrance to campus and building to one, leave others for emergencies, fences, cameras, microphones to enter.

But remember the most important thing only a mentally unbalanced person would enter a school or any other building with a firearm.

I think the majority of people in the country are not worried about the government, but the NUTS that buy them at retail and steal them.

Change the law to any crime committed with a firearm is either life or eradication. Including concealed weapons.

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Jan-12-13 11:05 PM

Okay. There were armed guards at Columbine, one of whom actually shot at the two killers and missed. There was armed campus security at Virginia Tech. We know how much good that did.

I don't know what the answer is, but at minimum, I believe that weapons such as those used in the Colorado theater and Sandy Hook shootings should be confiscated and banned, as should large clips of ammunition. These items have no purpose other than to kill human beings. Since we register drivers and keep an updated data base of people allowed to operate motor vehicles, surely we can keep track of Americans who buy and/or own guns. Instead of incarcerating people who posess an ounce of weed, stiffen up the laws on those who illegally own/buy/import/steal/improperly exchange instruments of death.

I've heard a lot of really dumb things since December 12, but the dumbest is "The only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun."

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Jan-13-13 4:36 AM

"What we need is a right to carry concealed by teachers"

Great idea, Brian. The conservative mindset is that MORE guns in school will make it safer. Appalling.

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Jan-13-13 5:05 PM

The can tell which comments here were most likely written by pacifist libs that have never held a gun. Well good enough for you if you're someday are crying under your desk and begging for your life. Cause, well having defensive weapons is just wrong!

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Jan-15-13 5:43 AM

Well I am fairly sure if school staff engaged and killed an intruder that was shooting the school up or even just brandishing a firearm and making threats no liability issues would come up.

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